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Youth Opportunity Industrial Complexes

Preparing Our Workforce for Tomorrow’s Opportunities

Jobs, Opportunity and the Future

Foreword

This Policy represents a new and bold perspective of engaging our youth in national development. This policy considers the physiological state of adolescence and young adulthood, and provides the framework for building national pride, entrepreneurship, education, and a work ethic conducive to upward mobility and fulfillment of one’s personal goals.

The introduction of the Opportunity Industrial Complexes services to provide our youth with one possible mechanism for developing the skills necessary for their personal development within the framework of our nation’s goals.  Participation in this initiative is purely voluntary.  Considering the state of our current affairs (youth apathy, rampant unemployment, rising crime, and lack of opportunity) any cost associated with the development of this program dwarfs the cost of maintaining the status quo.

My Campaign Staff deserves my thanks for the patience they have exhibited in assisting with the compilation of this paper. - Faith Harding

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About the 100 Days Job Plan

nullGuyana is a unique nation. We have great challenges, but we also have great opportunities. Today, we have the second highest unemployment in South America. We need jobs and we need them now. But we can overcome this. Our greatest natural resources in not in the ground or sea, it’s our people. They give us hope for the future. They deserve opportunities to have good jobs and achieve the dignity that gainful employment brings.

The best path to bringing Guyana into a new frontier of economic prosperity is to create productive jobs for Guyanese. Here’s my promise: as President my top priority will be job creation. To do this I have a 100 Days Jobs Plan that will be the centerpiece of my first one hundred days in office. I’ve seen how businesses can succeed and how they can fail. I’ve traveled across the country as the former Minister of State for Economic Development and around the world as a Senior Policy Advisor for the United Nations and the World Bank. I know what can work. I know we can do it.

My 100 Days Jobs Plan outlines the key initiatives my administration will undertake if I am elected President to create good jobs for all Guyanese. Though this plan is my commitment for the first hundred days of my administration, I pledge to continue to work assiduously on behalf of the people of Guyana to make us the economic powerhouse we richly deserve to be.

Faith A. Harding
February 2011

Executive Summary

Creating a sustainable future for Guyana will stimulate economic growth and workforce development.  We are formulating a comprehensive development plan part of which entails full employment for Guyanese.  This plan describes Faith Harding’s Administration first “100 Days Jobs Plan.”  This plan envisages the steps that the Faith Harding Administration will take in the first 100 days in office to stimulate economic development in Guyana, and to bring meaningful employment to Guyanese.  This plan represents our commitment to take the bold steps necessary to stimulate our economy, to have Guyana’s bountiful resources working for all Guyanese, and to have all Guyanese working.

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Basis of Jobs Creation

WIC made it abundantly clear that job creation is predicated on the development and growth of Guyana’s economy.  The Gross National Product (GNP) of Guyana must be expanded in order to bring wealth and prosperity to the nation.

A key factor in the expansion of GNP is working to increase exports and maintaining a positive balance of trade, that is, the value of exports must exceed the value of imports.  In assessing these premises, WIC focused on the current state of Guyana’s economy, and looked at various modalities to effectively increase Guyana’s GNP.  WIC, in effect, recommended that the focus of government over the next 10-15 years has to be first and foremost the development of Guyana’s most valuable resource – its human resources.  The development of human resources has the benefit of having a population that has the ability to develop avenues for personal development and such lends itself to the development of the country.

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Key Recommendations

An objective of this plan is to provide a summary of strategies and policies that will guide the Faith Harding Administration first 100 days in government and represents a commitment to follow through on the matters presented herein.  WIC developed a number of recommendations.  Of these the following were selected for implementation during the first 100 days of a Faith Harding Government.

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Workforce Issues and Recommendations

 

Attracting Foreign Investment

We must make it easier for business to invest in our nation.  In assessing the ease of doing business in Guyana, a World Bank Group Member, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), issued a Report, "Doing Business 2011" that ranked Guyana 100 out of 183 countries.  Government corruption and bureaucratic hurdles are two major contributors to Guyana’s low rank in the IFC index.  In addition, while the judicial system is responsible for upholding contracts, it is often ineffective. Inefficiency and long delays in the judiciary make doing business with Guyana unattractive for foreign business.

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Conclusion

Dr. Faith Harding organized the WIC in November 2010.  More than 25 leaders from business, industry, trade, labour, education, government and community organizations served on this steering committee.  Its mission was to assess the present and future workforce needs of the Guyana economy, and to make recommendations as to which ones should be immediately implemented in a Faith Harding Administration.  A major goal of the Committee was to develop strategies to assist Dr. Harding to meet Guyana’s projected workforce demand.

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