Over 480M for Social Cohesion

DPI, Guyana, Monday, November 26, 2018

It was today announced to the National Assembly that over $480Million is being proposed in the 2019 National Budget for Guyana’s continued drive to have a unified country. This was announced by Minister of Finance Winston Jordan as he presented Budget 2019 to the Guyanese citizens.

The sum is expected to be used to foster cohesion by hosting the first-ever Social Cohesion Week, continue the education of citizens countrywide on the benefits of social cohesion through outreaches and the hosting of Harmony Village 2019 among other initiatives.

Finance Minister, Winston Jordan at Budget 2019 presentations

Minister Jordan highlighted that no government can single-handedly advance a nation’s socio-cultural state on its own. He called upon political leaders, the private sector and community leaders to ensure that ethnic and cultural tensions do not split Guyanese.

The continued investment by the government in social cohesion signals the importance of unity towards the development of the country. In 2018, the approach to creating a harmonious society built on mutual respect and tolerance regardless of age, race, gender, religion or sexuality. Budget 2019 seeks to further build on the strides made by the 2081 National Budget for a cohesive Guyana.

“Transforming the Economy, Empowering People, Building Sustainable Communities for the Good Life” is the theme under which the 2019 Budget is based.

Isaiah Braithwaite

Images: Department of Public Information

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