During its 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
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 PNC.
These cadres 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
Members of the PNC have assisted fellow citizens in building schools and bridges,
community centres and hospitals, river and sea defenses, among other works. The Party has rendered a significant role in mobilizing
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.
All major policy positions, programs 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.
Through these 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.