A new political culture is gradually being cultivated
Stabroek News
February 17, 2004

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Dear Editor,

The Third Force issue has been evident within the nation for decades. From the days of Walter Rodney's impact on the nation to the REFORM launch in 2001, the third force continues to gain traction as political parties approach equality and as both parties have now had a chance to be in power for more than one decade.

In 2001, the REFORM presented major initiatives in the Guyana 21 plan that we are now seeing implemented by the Government and discussions such as the deep water harbor, connectivity to the Brazil market and creation of new roads on the East Bank are gaining momentum. These initiatives and many more demonstrate documented Return of Investment (ROI) strategies that were presented outside the political structure.

Recently we have seen key individuals within the PPP/C senior leadership demonstrate boldness in leadership by influencing changes within their party philosophy but paying a personal price for their initiatives. We are also noticing the collegial relationship between various members of the two main parties specifically Ramjattan and Trotman to the defence of Ramjattan.

These are critical signs that a new political culture is gradually being cultivated. This new culture demonstrates that potentially many of us who have had various political convictions can come together and work to putting Guyana first in developing a prosperous nation with the integration of Human Capital, Technology and a Social Culture that enhance the chances of bringing the nation towards true prosperity. We also continue to see major Guyanese successes outside Guyana. The challenge is how to direct these successes back to the nation.

So as the political fever begins to heat up and we reflect on the last two decades, keep in perspective the recent events. Are we finally getting ready for a group such as the REFORM or a group of similar focus to identify itself and present solid plans for the population to evaluate to determine its viability and chances of success?

Is the generation and culture finally here for us to get together from both sides of the debate and to sit at the same table to craft the changed management process necessary to depolarize the political climate? Although, many of us have associated ourselves within the various party structures, we continue to believe that the convergence of key individuals, political thinking, business initiatives, major investments and respect for each other can bring about measurable results that our future generation can benefit from.

Let's keep this debate at the forefront of our thinking and contribute to the change that could make a difference in the life of each Guyanese.

Yours faithfully,

Peter R Ramsaroop, MBA