Communiqué talks to feature de-politicization, inclusive governance
Guyana Chronicle
January 5, 2004

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GINA -- TALKS this year between President Bharrat Jagdeo and Opposition Leader Robert Corbin will feature the de-politicization of the public service and consider the PPP/Civic's 2003 paper on inclusive governance.

So says Cabinet Secretary and President Jagdeo's high representative in the process, Dr. Roger Luncheon.

"The issues to be dealt with by President Jagdeo and Mr. Corbin in 2004 include the PPP/C paper on inclusive governance, the de-politicization of the public service, legislation to address 'crossing-the-floor', and legislation to address a permanent Elections Commission," Dr. Luncheon told reporters at his post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the President on Friday.

He said the two leaders will also concern themselves with the activation of an effective monitoring mechanism to provide Guyanese and stakeholders with greater openings and opportunity for them to contribute meaningfully to the implementation of agreements under the Constructive Engagement Process.

At its last session Cabinet reviewed the progress of the Communiqué's implementation and noted that Government and Opposition had worked very hard to implement the agreements, as well as to restore public confidence in the process.

Cabinet also recognized the enormous role Parliament is playing in the process and its heightened workload of the decision-making body.