7.1 Mr. Speaker, the broad policies and programmes that are outlined
in this Budget attest to the Government’s commitment to move the country
for the benefit of all Guyanese, regardless of whether one hails from the
coast or the clay belts of Berbice, the reefs and villages of Demerara,
or the highlands and savannahs of the mighty Essequibo.
7.2 Nation building, as we know, is by no means an easy task, especially
for a country like ours with its difficult past. This legacy continues
to be a source of pain for all Guyanese who stand not for conflict but
for goodwill, peace, progress and prosperity. For too long we have talked
about Guyana’s potential. Now is the time for us to take drastic actions
to convert potential into reality by harnessing our natural and human resources
for the common good. If nothing else, we will be honouring the aspirations
of our ancestors who came from diverse parts of the world, under trying
conditions, who lived a life of toil and sacrifice, in the rigours of a
tropical climate, for the promise of a better Guyana for succeeding generations.
Let us not make their toils in vain by abandoning the rule of law and literally
embracing the laws of the jungle.
7.3 Mr. Speaker, it is recorded that time and age pass on before our
very eyes, the days which are gone never return. Why squander our future
by conflict? Learning from our past, we must now look to the future with
renewed optimism. Let us, with one purpose, retool our proverbial swords
into ploughshares. Let us work to create wealth and opportunities for a
better today and a brighter tomorrow for all of us. I call on all Guyanese
to embrace our common vision and earn the satisfaction of a job well done.
7.4 May God bless Guyana and thank you.