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Cake shop management cannot suffice for a modern economy.
Feb 28, 2019 | Kaieteur News | Columnists, Peeping Tom.

Cake shop management cannot suffice for a modern economy.

The style of governance since political Independence has not been conducive to development. It is ill-suited for modernization. Given the expansive nature of relations and issues which governments have to address, there is a need for greater devolution of power. Centralized government can no longer cope with the multiple, overlapping and multilayered aspects of governance.......Guyana, however, is going in the opposite direction. The more modern the bureaucracy, the more swollen and overstaffed it becomes. The more complex government becomes, the more centralized is decision-making. The greater demands on resources, the bigger the bureaucracy.
The public bureaucracy is now a cancer. It is sucking the life out of public administration. Merely keeping this inefficient and revenue-guzzling monstrosity alive is costing taxpayers in excess of 500 million dollars per day. This is wanton wastage. That money could have been put to help boost private sector development to create jobs for the thousands of young people who are unemployed. The more the government implements technology, the more inefficient it becomes. It is all part of what is known as cake shop management........Guyana is going to continue to be left behind the rest of the world. It has seen Guyana retrogress and we will always be in a fire fighting mode rather than ensuring forward thinking and planning. A country today simply cannot be run like a cake shop. The world is too modern, and too many things are taking place to allow for such a style of governance. Once the policy is made by the government, the mechanics should be left to lower level officials who should be held accountable for ensuring its implementation and who should be held responsible for any failures........What is required is for faster decision-making so as to allow for the multitasking.........Plantain chips and breadfruit chips and other small businesses cannot make the economy grow. It cannot generate the massive jobs needed to impact on unemployment. It will not lift large numbers out of poverty. This is catch-hand approach to helping poor people.
Cake shop management cannot run a modern economy. Never has; never will.
bureaucracies  centralization  complexity  decision_making  devolution  Guyana  inefficiencies  modernization  policymaking  public_sector  public_servants  technology  traffic_congestion  forward-thinking  multitasking  decentralization  digital_economy  governance  knowledge_economy  centralized_control  implementation  unsophisticated 
march 2019 by jerryking
There needs to be a sober examination of our state of affairs Georgetown, Guyana
December 6, 2013 | Stabroek News | Frank Fyffe.

Said Fenty: “I now lament the stark fact that politics, governance, discrimination, corruption, management of resources and lack of employment among other factors, have caused young Guyanese to yearn to leave this homeland still rich with resources. Do you realise what national hopelessness means amongst the larger portion of our population?” But who can honestly look you in the eye and deny that? And I’m not denying the hard, perilous and precarious times many are faced with abroad, but the very fact that they crave madly the opportunity to leave paints a picture and tells a different story ‒ too many things are amiss and adrift.
Guyana  letters_to_the_editor  failed_states  misgovernance  hopelessness  brain_drain  emigration  politics  governance  discrimination  corruption  mismanagement  unemployment  precarious 
december 2013 by jerryking
Montreal and Toronto need a new breed of mayor
Jun. 20 2013 | The Globe and Mail | Konrad Yakabuski.

Canada’s two biggest cities are in the market for new leadership at a critical juncture. So-called “higher” levels of government are out of money and ideas and de facto city states are re-emerging as the real motors of national growth and innovation. Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley of the Brookings Institution point out that this “inversion of the hierarchy of power” presents cities with both challenges and opportunities. Higher levels of government are too broke, too slow and too politically divided to make transformative public policy, so visionary mayors must fill the void. The trend is yielding a new model of governance. “The metropolitan revolution,” they write in their new book of the same name, “is like our era: crowd-sourced rather than close-sourced, entrepreneurial rather than bureaucratic, networked rather than hierarchical.”...If inclusiveness is key to the metropolitan revolution, Toronto and Montreal have been shaped by history and demography to embody it. With half of its population born outside Canada, Toronto reverberates with the influences of an entire planet. Dundas Square on a Sunday afternoon is a chaotic free-for-all of colour, creed, generation and gender. There are few places in the world that could pull it off as peacefully....As Torontonians ponder a Ford-free future, they need to think about who can best lead such a diverse city as it stakes its claim to global greatness. Choosing an anti-development ideologue who puts poverty alleviation ahead of economic growth would be just as big a mistake as picking a crane-loving populist who doesn’t know his Weiwei from his WiFi.

The inversion of the power hierarchy promises to make the next mayors of Toronto and Montreal national leaders, not just local ones. To succeed, they will need to transcend outdated political cleavages and notions of progress.
Konrad_Yakabuski  Toronto  Montreal  anti-development  leadership  mayoral  networks  crowdsourcing  books  John_Tory  Brookings  voids  governance  cities  city-states  cash-strapped  vision 
june 2013 by jerryking
Africa's Poverty Trap -
March 23, 2007 | WSJ |By WILLIAM R. EASTERLY.

Economists involved in Africa then and now undervalued free markets, instead coming up with one of the worst ideas ever: state direction by the states least able to direct.

African governments are not the only ones that are bad, but they have ranked low for decades on most international comparisons of corruption, state failure, red tape, lawlessness and dictatorship. Nor is recognizing such bad government "racist" -- this would be an insult to the many Africans who risk their lives to protest their own bad governments. Instead, corrupt and mismanaged governments on the continent reflect the unhappy way in which colonizers artificially created most nations, often combining antagonistic ethnicities. Anyway, the results of statist economics by bad states was a near-zero rise in GDP per capita for Ghana, and the same for the average African nation, over the last 50 years....The cowed IMF and the World Bank never mention the words "free market" in thousands of pages devoted to ending poverty. Even the World Bank's 2005 World Development Report "A Better Investment Climate for Everyone" doesn't mention the forbidden words.World Bank economists are so scared of offending anyone on Africa that they recite tautologies.
William_Easterly  Africa  economists  IMF  World_Bank  foreign_aid  free_markets  failed_states  lawlessness  corruption  poverty  mismanagement  misrule  governance  poor_governance  misgovernance 
august 2012 by jerryking
Businessman, Philanthropist Touts Africa -
April 18,20311 | WSJ | By NEANDA SALVATERRA. As the chairman
of the $200 million investment fund Satya Capital, Mo Ibrahim is making
aggressive investments in broadband, retail and other industries in

WSJ: Where are you putting your money?

Mr. Ibrahim: We have invested in a telecommunications satellite company
called O3B focusing on the other three billion people without broadband
[primarily] in Africa and we think it's going to be a great success.

We have [also] invested in retail, financial institutions, private
health, mining food, and production. This is an emerging market with a
huge growth potential. It's a place to go and make money but you need to
make it honestly.
Africa  entrepreneur  philanthropy  private_equity  Mo_Ibrahim  governance 
april 2011 by jerryking
Insults are our chief export
Feb 4, 2003 | The Globe and Mail. pg. A.19 | Norman Spector. "Understand that to govern is to choose."

A visitor to Washington finds a capital fixated on the coming war in Iraq. As is Ottawa, judging from Question Period recently. With one difference: In Washington, the discussion has real consequences, including the possibility Saddam Hussein will use chemical weapons against U.S. troops. On Parliament Hill, the debate unfolds like a faculty seminar, or a convention of the federal New Democrats.

Rookie Foreign Minister Bill Graham -- himself a former professor -- also seems not to understand that to govern is to choose. He travelled to Washington last week to warn Colin Powell, a battle-scarred ex-general of dovish persuasion, that war could have untold consequences in the Mideast. If that's all there is, he could have saved the air fare.

Now, it's the turn of Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew -- headed to Washington today on a "charm offensive" -- to discover how irrelevant we've become.

During my Washington visit, even former Clinton administration officials were embarrassed to ask about Jean Chrétien's position on Iraq. Instead, hoping I'd take the hint and steer discussion to parallels in the Great White North, they lampooned the "Euro-weenies" -- feckless leaders of people who consider themselves morally superior to Americans.
Norman_Spector  governance  hard_choices  choices 
november 2009 by jerryking
Hillary Clinton Tells African Leaders to Clean Up Their Act -
AUGUST 6, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | Editorial.

A welcome focus on failed governance.
governance  Africa  Kenya  corruption  Hillary_Clinton 
august 2009 by jerryking
‘We’re not idiots. We’re adults. We can run our own society’
Saturday, May 30, 2009 | Globe and Mail | by Margaret Wente.
In the past 50 years, more than $1-trillion in development-related aid
has been transferred from rich countries to Africa. But a growing body
of critics argues that the result has been utter failure.
Dambisa_Moyo  Margaret_Wente  Africa  foreign_aid  governance 
june 2009 by jerryking

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