Businessman rejects claims of discrimination in Guyana
One businessman is rejecting claims of discriminatory government practices and policies in Guyana and believes instead that the governing People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) “is doing a great job.”
“The PPP government is very engaging. I like how Cabinet members are reaching out to every community to hear from the people directly and following up with the people’s request,” says Morris Archer Jr., Chief Operating Officer at Cevon’s Waste Management.
Archer Jr. rejected those claims, stating, “I have not experienced any discrimination as a businessman.”
He says the business, started by his father, has been afforded continued opportunities under the PPP/C government for growth and development.
“We have our oil earnings, we have local investor enthusiasm, we have overseas investor interest.
“… the government, no doubt, understands that it is a matter of ensuring that the opportunities are accessible.”
Archer Jr. Also wants other businesses to know that the team at the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-INVEST) is accommodating.
“You present your project ideas to them, and they would connect you with the correct government agency. Based on your investment type, they would assist you in getting incentives such as duty-free concessions.
“GOINVEST is a good start for every business person.”
Recently, US Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch also said she believes that both sides of the political divide are working to promote inclusion.
Political activists have been trying to suggest there is discrimination in Guyana and the A Partnership For National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) parliamentary opposition has repeatedly accused the government of racial discrimination.
However, Prime Minister Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips has dismissed these claims, noting that the “APNU + AFC wants to shift the conversation so that they can continue to fan the flames of division.”
The Prime Minister, in a press release on October 29, noted that opportunities are equally available to every Guyanese through the policies and interventions of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) government.