British High Commissioner to Guyana Greg Quinn has responded favorably to the new government’s performance in office over the last three months even as he re-committed to working on matters of mutual interest.
In an invited comment on Monday, Quinn told News Source that his personal belief is that the government has done extremely well.
“For a government that is three months in, they are doing extremely well, the Minister at the Ministry of the Presidency has already listed his own grading structure… but things have happened very quickly and they have managed to do a lot very quickly,” he said.
The coalition government was elected in May, ending the People’s Progressive Party’s 23 year rule. The government’s first 100 days in office was completed last week.
Reflecting on this period, High Commissioner Quinn said “I think they have probably done a lot in a shorter period of time than my own government may have been able to achieve during a similar period of time… I think it is all going well.”
The High Commissioner said he was particularly impressed with the open nature of the new government.
“We are standing in a room that didn’t previously exist, having an engagement with the media and the population to explain when things have gone well and when things have not gone well, it is not possible to do everything, to do everything perfectly, but if you talk to people and explain then that’s good,” he added.
Last week, Chargé d’ Affaires of the U.S Embassy in Georgetown Bryan Hunt declined to comment directly on the coalition government’s performance in office since securing a victory at the May 11, 2015 elections.
He would only say that it has been an “interesting period” so far.
When asked to comment on the government’s fulfillment of its promises in its 21-point 100 Days Plan, Hunt declined to comment but said the U.S embassy in Guyana has been keeping a close eye on the initial days of the APNU+AFC government.
The Chargé d’ Affaires did say that he was heartened by the desire of the government to engage with the international community and in turn reiterated the U.S government’s commitment to working with them.
In previous interviews, Hunt had commended the government for swiftly passing and assenting to amended Anti-Money Laundering and Financing Terrorism Legislation and its promise to also hold local government elections.
Reporting on the fulfillment of its 21- point 100 days plan, the government had given itself an ‘A’ Grade and said it has largely kept its promises to the Guyanese people. The government has also recommitted to fulfilling all promises that remain incomplete.
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