“There is urgent and immediate need for redress including the cessation of future awards until a comprehensive plan to arrest this disproportionate and unfair allocation of state resources,” he said.
“The recent revelations disclosed by the analysis have confirmed what has long been suspected by several persons.”
Arriving at basically the same conclusions, the studies contend that companies owned or operated by Guyanese of Indian descent “are awarded contracts at a rate far exceeding their representation in the broader demographic statistics of the country. Additionally, this pattern is even more evident when the dollar value of the contracts is considered.”
One of the reports noted that 56.9% of contracts awarded were to businesses owned or operated by Guyanese of Indian descent while 72.8% of the total dollar value of awards went to businesses owned or operated by Guyanese of Indian descent.
Additionally, 10.4% of contracts were given to entities owned or controlled by Guyanese of African descent. A mere 7.1% of the total dollar value of awards went to businesses owned or operated by Afro Guyanese, while contracts were awarded as much as five times more to contractors of Indian descent as their Afro colleagues.
The latest revelations come just weeks after the US government has through its Guyana mission called for greater inclusiveness in national affairs, a point that has not been lost on critics of the administration.