Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) President, Nicolas Deygoo-Boyer, in his description of the current state of affairs in the political arena, says that brinkmanship — the practice of trying to achieve an advantageous outcome by pushing dangerous events to the brink of active conflict — is at play.
Deygoo-Boyer, at the launch of the Chamber’s 2019 edition of the Business Guyana magazine, said that there is “uncertainty” in the political arena. He cited the outcome of the successfully passed no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018.
The executive said that despite the fact that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will be giving its orders to the parties, including the Government and the Parliamentary Opposition, there is no consensus on the way forward.
“What we as Guyanese can see clearly is that the brinkmanship here is at play and we are being used as pawns. I implore all seated here tonight, and the population, do not let puppeteers pull strings and talk about war or disturbances,” he warned.
The businessman said that while he respects people’s right to protest and to uphold the freedom of speech, he does not think that people have a right to divide others.
“We are not at war with each other, nor do we need to be loyal to anyone based on our ethnicity. Going to the polls in Guyana needs to become a routine exercise of our democratic rights without fear, and all political parties need to be held accountable to delivering that type of atmosphere for us,” he said.
The 2019 edition of the Business Guyana magazine was launched under the theme: “Guyana: Potential Unleashed”.