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UG 50th Anniversary (1963-2013) Working Papers

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the University of Guyana the Institute of Development Studies will be publishing a special working paper every month for the year 2013.

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1 Working Paper 12c/12: Cuba/Caribbean and Latin American Relations: A Transition from Politics and Economics Thursday, 25 September 2014 700
2 Working Paper 12.b/12- Why People Vote Race:...by Dr. Paloma Mohamed Tuesday, 27 May 2014 686
3 Working Paper 12/12: Guyana: Countering the Risks of Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Arms Proliferation (With Addendum) Thursday, 23 January 2014 637
4 Working Paper 11/12: Political Economy of Growth: Why Guyana Fell Behind? A Growth Analysis of the Post-Independence Period Thursday, 23 January 2014 1064
5 Working Paper 10/12- Imagination and Development: The Salience of Social Values, Entrepreneurship and Cooperation Monday, 21 October 2013 806
6 Working Paper 9/12- Intrinsic and extrinsic Motivation and Doping in Cycling Friday, 27 September 2013 1018
7 Working Paper 7/12- Guyana Population Movement and Societal Development Friday, 27 September 2013 1260
8 Working Paper 6/12 Global Value Chain Analysis Friday, 27 September 2013 932
9 Working Paper 8/12- Eight Essays on the Amaila Falls Hydro Project Wednesday, 25 September 2013 1134
10 Working Paper 5/12- Persistence of Power, Elites and Oligarchies Tuesday, 02 July 2013 2685
11 Working Paper 4/12- Bi-Communalism and the Economic Orgins of Democracy: A Case Study of Guyana Thursday, 18 April 2013 1101
12 Working Paper 3/12- Improving Export Diversification Through Industry Clusters: Mapping for Potential Clusters in Guyana Thursday, 18 April 2013 999
13 Working Paper 2/12- Sectoral Production Interactions and Spillovers in Guyana Thursday, 18 April 2013 1211
14 Working Paper 1/12- Thirty Years After the Third World Debt Crisis: Sovereign Debt Stress in CARICOM (With Specific Reference to Guyana) Thursday, 18 April 2013 1196


The political economy of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS)

Last week I concluded my rather extended discussion on the current global economic crisis and the lessons to be learnt from this. I trust readers would not infer from this that I believe the global crisis is over and we can safely return to business as usual. Far from it, while this is an appropriate point to introduce other topics to the discussion, I promise I will return to the global crisis if there are significant untoward developments in the coming weeks as we close out 2009 and enter into the New Year, 2010.

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Norway’s deception: Partnership or capture of Guyana’s rainforest

In this column last week I started what I hope will be a fairly full assessment of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS). At the time of writing this column I have not been able to access the revised version of the Draft LCDS, which the government had promised to place in the National Assembly before the United Nations Climate Change Conference (Copenhagen Summit), which starts tomorrow. As I await the revised version of the LCDS, I shall confine my assessment to those topics which should not be significantly affected by likely revisions.

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Norway And Guyana’s rainforest: Why beggars do not choose

For this week’s column, let me begin by re-emphasizing a couple of observations I have made about global inter-governmental negotiations thus far, as I continue to evaluate the low-carbon development strategy and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), between the Government of Guyana and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway, as well as its related Joint Concept Note between the two parties to the agreement.
Diplomatic principle.

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Norway and Guyana’s rainforest: Santa Claus or Old Higue

I hope that by now readers would have realised that Norway can in no way be looked upon as Guyana’s Santa Claus. I have also tried so far in recent columns to make it categorically clear that my principal intention is not simply to bash Norway as a historic polluter of the earth’s atmosphere. My main purpose in presenting Norway’s horrendous environmental profile is to assert the obligation this places on Guyanese to ensure our pristine forests are developed in an integrated, transparent, accountable and sustainable framework for the benefit of all Guyana. In particular to ensure that our national patrimony does not end up being mortgaged to the promotion of Norway’s studied and calculated efforts to deceive the world into believing that it cares more than any other nation about saving Planet Earth. As the saying goes “beware when Old Higue around looking for life blood.”

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Rule or exception: Double standards and fighting global warming

‘Dirty secrets’
I hope that I have already indicated clearly Norway’s double standards in its climate change and global warming actions. More generally, its Santa Claus image has taken a serious beating in the approach to the just concluded Copenhagen Summit. In his Guardian Weekly column last September, Mark Curtis bemoaned the fact that in spite of Norway’s benign image abroad it had “become the home of four dirty little secrets.” One of these is of course the environmental sleight-of-hand I have been dealing with in these columns in previous weeks.

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