Amanza takes campaign for PNCR chairmanship to Linden

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… shares her 8-point action plan as she rallies support ahead of congress

Amanza Walton-Desir, who has been dubbed a rising star in the political arena, said should she be elected Chairman of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) at the upcoming 21st Biennial Delegates Congress, she will with take critical steps to support the repositioning of the party in keeping with the vision of its Founding Leader, Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham.

“Our party, the PNCR must continue to be a unified, well-organized body that consolidates all of the talents, skills and services of its members and supporters to build with one vision and one voice, one united party. We must be equipped to take advantage of present and future opportunities to promote the social and economic development of our members so that they, in turn, are empowered to build healthy, safe, sustainable communities. The PNCR must fully exploit this technological age to improve community organization and mobilization so as to promote activism, engender youth support and enhance the public political discourse,” Walton-Desir said in her vision statement.

On Saturday, at a ‘Meet and Greet’ hosted at the Flourishing Place in Linden, the Attorney-at-Law, who is also an A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) Member of Parliament, chronicled her plans and vision for the 64-year-old political organization.

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Walton-Desir said in charting a way forward, she will push for a review of the party. “Within the first year of becoming Chairperson of the PNCR, I intend to support the leadership team in a situational assessment of the party. We need to review where we are, understand what we can do better and craft a winning way forward for the party,” she told those present.

It is believed that in order for the party to function effectively and efficiently, the Central Executive Committee (CEC) must adopt a new, modern governance perspective.

As such, as part of her action plan, she intends to champion the re-establishment of critical sub-committees to support the CEC with policy and strategy development; facilitate a leadership retreat for the National Congress of Women (NCW) to address issues of economic empowerment, social stability and health and well-being; and support the work of the Guyana Youth and Student Movement.

“Party Groups must not only be viable political units, but they must also be economically empowered. To this end, we will draft tailored business plans for party groups. Groups will be training in business management, entrepreneurship and agro-processing,” she added.

It is also her intention to set up food pantries in every district for the benefit of members; equip party offices with the requisite resources; and create a diaspora skills map to understand the skills and expertise available in the diaspora.

Walton-Desir is running against 15 persons for the Chairmanship of the PNCR including Roysdale Forde, SC; Sharma Solomon, and Shurwayne Holder but she believes, she is well equipped to get the job done. As Chairperson, she promises to bring competent experience and support the party leadership.

“With almost two decades of senior level experience, both through my legal background as well as the various positions I have held with several government and international organizations, I am uniquely positioned to understand the needs of the organization as a whole as well as its members as individuals.

I am known for my problem solving skills and I have been brought into a number of projects, nationally and internationally to solve unique problems, in a timely manner that benefitted the Guyanese population,” she pointed out

Walton-Desir believes that now more than ever, the PNCR needs youthful, energetic and courageous women and men, with vision, integrity, empathy and dedication to work shoulder to shoulder with the elders within the party.



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