Social Sector

Chairman, Annette Arjoon-Martins

Terms of Reference

  1. To develop and lead a team that can mediate, advise, advocate and communicate with all stakeholders on issues relating to education, health and other social issues affecting the business community and the nation as a whole.

  2. Attend to social issues which may warrant the passing of pertinent legislation.

  3. Meet regularly with the main Political Parties to inform them of major development in the Private Sector concerning contributions made to the social sector and also to listen to concerns expressed by then in relation to social improvement.

  4. Identify areas in the social sector such as education which may have a direct impact on the quality of doing business in Guyana and are in need of improvement and make recommendations for such improvements.

  5. Meet with Private Sector companies and organizations with a view to discuss social sector issues that are affecting the way businesses being done and to highlight areas that have a scope for improvement both in the social sector and the business community as a whole.

  6. To take a lead role in developing a plan to mitigate brain drain and migration in Guyana.

  7. To work with various educational institutions to develop curriculum that will seek to enhance and promote disciplined and responsible youths in Guyana.

  8. To identify areas in the health and education sectors which may need improvement and to prepare positions papers with appropriate recommendations.   

  9. Work in collaboration with the Executive Director and Technical staff of the PSC to prepare position papers on issues which need to be addressed by the government and Social Sector Community and present them to the council for ratification and onward submission to the relevant authorities for their consideration and action.

Members of the Sub – Committee

The Sub – Committee should seek to attract members who can contribute to the areas that fall under its ambit. Such members may come from the following organizations:

  1. Private Sector Commission

  2. Head of similar Sub-Committees from the PSC Sectoral Members 

  3. Head of the Department from Corporate Members that deals with social sector issues. 

  4. Organizations or persons (approved by the sub-committee) who do not come from the organizations listed in items 1-3 above and have the requisite skills and knowledge that are deemed vital to the operations of the sub-committee. 

Modus Operandi

  1. The Committee should meet at least once every two months on a scheduled basis.

  2. The agenda for the scheduled meetings will be prepared in advance by the Executive Director (ED) in consultation with the Chairman and mailed to the members along with the notes/minutes of the last meeting at least five working days before the meeting.

  3. The Council shall appoint the Chairman on the Sub-Committee.

  4. Unscheduled meetings can be called by the Chairman via the ED or his representative to address specific emergency issue(s).

  5. The Quorum for any meeting shall be of no less than four persons including the Chairman.

  6. In the absent of the Chairman, the members present shall elect a Chairman for the meeting for that day.

  7. All recommendations made by the committee shall be ratified by the Council before being dispatched to the relevant authorities or implemented.

  8. In the event that the recommendation(s) cannot wait for the Council meeting, the Chairman with the assistant of the ED can round-robin the recommendation(s) and seek approval to forward the recommendation to the relevant authorities subject to ratification by Council at the earliest meeting.

  9. The Chairman with consensus from members may invite person(s) from related organizations to attend a meeting as a guest speaker or advisor on the topic for discussion.  

  10. The taking of notes at the meetings is the responsibility of the ED or staff delegated to do so.    

Working Relationship

The following are the primary organizations that this sub-committee will interface.

  1. Private Sector Organizations

    • All Private Sector Sectoral Organizations

    • All Chambers of Commerce and Industries

    • All Companies and Organizations

  2. Public Sector Organizations

    • Ministry of Education

    • Teaching Service Commission 

    • Ministry of Labour, Human & Social Security

    • Ministry of Health

    • Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport

    • University of Guyana

    • Help and Shelter

    • USAID/PAHO

    • UNDP