The PNC Party and Government
twenty-eight years in power the PNC transformed the country's political orientation, by removing all vestiges of colonial
domination and foreign influence. The economic policies, which the Party pursued, reflected the Socialist ethos, which were
embraced by the PNC leadership. In April 1970, the PNC enunciated at its 13th Annual Congress the basic and fundamental principle
of Ownership and Control of Guyana's resources for and by Guyanese. Subsequently, there followed
the nationalization of all major industries within a six-year period.
Guyana hosted the conference of Foreign Ministers of the non-aligned
Movement in 1972, also during that year the country played host to Carifesta, a regional exhibition of arts and crafts. The
Party and government contributed financially to the African Freedom Fighters and supported them in their struggle against
colonialism and the despicable system of apartheid.
Over the years PNC leaders
have played prominent roles at the United Nations and were instrumental in bringing about changes at many international forums
like UNCTAD, the Committee of 77, and the Commonwealth. Following the demise of the West Indian Federation, Guyana has played a vanguard role for Caribbean integration and economic union.
The PNC has
provided regular seminars and teach-ins, aimed at educating and raising the consciousness of its members and the general public.
The Cuffy Ideological Institute has been used for training members of the Young Socialist Movement (YSM), youth arm of the
receive a six-week period of orientation, grounded in ideology at the practical and theoretical levels. Hundreds upon graduation
are absorbed in the party structure-groups, districts, regions and other Party agencies. Some staff members have received
training in foreign countries while others that have achieved a high level of competence; experience and consciousness are
involved in lecturing and teaching.
PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN
The PNC fully subscribes to the principle of equality; women have made considerable gains in political life over the
years. In the past they accounted for 24% of the Party's members who serve on Municipal Councils, 30% in the national Assembly.
Much of the
progress made by Guyanese women can be related to the unremitting efforts of the Women's Revolutionary Socialist Movement
(WRSM). This Movement has played an influential role in fostering a better appreciation of the legitimate claim of women for
recognition and pre-eminent status in the society. The valuable work and efforts for promoting the welfare and interest of
women have enhanced the image of the Movement.
The PNC party has relied upon the Young Socialist Movement (YSM) to undertake the critical responsibility for working
among the young people. In this regards the YSM is treated as an integral Organ of the Party.
Members of the PNC have assisted fellow citizens in building schools and bridges, community centres and hospitals,
river and sea defences, among other works. The Party has rendered a significant role in mobilising people in various communities
for tasks, whether small or large projects.
From the inception
of the Peoples National Congress (PNC), it has played and continues to play an essential part in the life of the entire nation.
It has promoted orderly, democratic and in many ways balanced development in Guyana. The Party derived its prestige and influence from the nature and quality of the work rendered in the society ever
since its formation. In every region of the country there is a Party group, whose members are fully committed to uphold the
basic ideals and principles, which the Party fervently espouses.
policy positions, programmes and activities of the PNC are determined and passed by delegates at specific Party Congresses.
Generally, a bi-annual congress allows delegates from across the country to meet and debate outstanding issues and determines
the party's future plans. It also serves as a means of allowing adherents to avail themselves with pertinent party information,
and permit them an opportunity to participate in decision making processes.
interactions, many rank and file members share their ideas and suggestions with members of the Executive Committee, General
Council and the Party Leader. It affords members special opportunities to discuss problems, both national and local, which
concern them and fellow citizens.