ERC to launch national conversation on ethnic relations

The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) has announced that it was working in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the University of Guyana (UG) to begin a national conversation on ethnic relations.
According to the ERC, this will be done on December 14 and December 15, 2020, with the general intent to have frank and open discussions to capture diverse views on factors that impede ethnic harmony and recommendations for the compilation of a report to be submitted to the National Assembly and relevant stakeholders for implementation. 
The conversation, the ERC said in a statement, will be launched with a general discussion on “How can we improve ethnic relations in Guyana”. The fully virtual forum, it pointed out, is intended to facilitate presenters drawn from Guyanese residing here and abroad and will reflect diversity.
President Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali and Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon are invited to address the opening segment, the ERC said, which will also include presentations by ERC Chairman, Reverend Dr John Smith along with UN Resident Coordinator among others. The ERC noted that a special segment would be held to facilitate the views and recommendations of young people.
Additionally, the event will be live-streamed, with some aspects broadcast on national television.