Despite members of the political opposition – People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) being invited to GuyExpo 2016, its members were a no-show at the opening last Thursday.
There are also no reports to indicate Party officials attended the trade fair in their official capacities at the weekend.
When questioned on Monday, PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee brushed off suggestions of a boycott indicating that Party members had prior engagements.
He said that the Party has to “work hard to get back into government” and work is being done in that regard.
“People are all over the country doing all sort of political work,” Rohee said referring to the engagements of the politicians at the weekend.
“After parliament they were other activities that members were committed to,” said the General Secretary.
He was asked whether the trade fair which attracts thousands of visitors each year would not serve as good grounds to engage constituents and responded in the affirmative.
Rohee added “of course it would be but as you know people have their own priorities.
On Saturday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo blasted President David Granger for making ‘anti-invest’ statements at GuyExpo.
“Based upon reports in the press, it appears that yesterday President Granger chose Guyana Exposition (GUYEXPO), a forum conceived and designed to attract investment to deliver a most counterproductive and anti- investment speech to those gathered at opening ceremony, including a number of local and foreign investors,” the statement from Jagdeo noted.