Fulfilling a charge given by President David Granger, the Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo region said it is a step closer to realising its Plan of Action for Regional Development.
Last Friday, Regional Chairman Brian Allicock presented the plan to Toshaos and village leaders of the North Rupununi District Development Board at Bina Hill, Annai. The region is the second to undertake the mandate, following Region Ten which completed theirs back in 2016.
Regional Chairman, region nine Brian Allicock.
Allicock said his region has for the last three years been working with the Ministry of Communities to realise the plan.
The ten-year plan underscores the strategic, economic, social and environmental development of the more than sixty villages that make up the region. It consists of multiple objectives, public involvement and adaptive management.
It is also receiving technical support through monitoring and evaluation from the United Nations Development Project and Conservation International.
Allicock encouraged village leaders to complete their village plans, which he said will be incorporated into the Regional plan.
Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan has been pushing the establishment of PARDs at his many visits to local authorities.
Lauding the accomplishment of the Region Ten administration on the establishment of its PARD back in 2016, Minster Bulkan had said that it had taken Guyana 35 years to honour Article 77 of the Constitution which states: “The development programme of each region shall be integrated into the national development plans, and the Government shall allocate funds to each region to enable it to implement its development programme.”
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