Mrs. Barbara Jenks, who with her husband, the Reverend Barry Jenks, an overseas appointee of the Anglican Church of Canada, is serving in Guyana spoke to the following motion.
That this General Synod:
1. support the Government of Canada in its longstanding interest in Guyana but express our great concern over the harshness of terms agreed to by the International Support Group chaired by Canada to secure for Guyana the financing necessary to implement an International Monetary Fund Structural Adjustments Program.
2. draw to the attention of the Government of Canada concerns expressed to us by our Anglican and Roman Catholic church partners in Guyana about the severe consequences of the IMF Structural Adjustment Program upon the poorest sector of Guyanese society, which is least responsible for the economic crisis.
3. express its support to Anglican Bishop Randolph George, Roman Catholic Bishop Benedict Singh, the Guyana Council of Churches and the Caribbean Conference of Churches for their defence of the human rights of Guyanese citizens, for their commitment to a preferential option for the poor and for their call for a process of national reconciliation as a prerequisite for sound economic recovery.
4. encourage the Government of Canada to maintain communication with a wide representation of Guyanese society, including churches and labour unions whose support is necessary for the success of any economic program . CARRIED Act 94
1. welcomes the intent of the Canadian government to press for the reform of International Financial Institutions;
2. urges that the Government of Canada:
a) work towards ensuring that current Structural Adjustment Programs and policies be substantially altered so that, in keeping with the stated purpose of the "Canada and the World" document, they place a central emphasis on meeting basic human needs and social infrastructure needs of the poorest people;
b) request the International Financial Institutions to begin a process that would make them more democratic, representative and accountable to those who are affected by their decisions;
c) request the World Bank to review its governance structures pertaining to the International Development Association with a view to finding alternatives which either remove the International Development Association from the World Bank or make it more free to fulfill its mandate. CARRIED WITHOUT DEBATE Act 72
That this National Executive Council of the Anglican Church of Canada adopt the following policy and urge that policy upon the Canadian government:
1. That urgent measures be undertaken to cancel outstanding debt owed by sub-Saharan African countries including debts to the Export Development Corporation and to the Canadian Wheat Board.
2. That Canada support alternatives to assist economic recovery and development as outlined in the "African Alternative Framework to Structural Adjustment Programmes" and the "African Charter for Popular Participation in Development."
3. That Africa remain on the U.N. agenda by keeping the primary responsibility for coordinating and monitoring programmes with the U.N. and not the Global Coalition for Africa.
4. That the Canadian government address the African economic crisis at all appropriate multi-lateral fora in which Canada participates, such as the Commonwealth, la Francophonie and the G-7. CARRIED #44-11-91
1. Endorse the "Partnership for Life" Campaign of PWRDF, urging the Government of Canada to
- Lead the international community to increase access to affordable medicines for the world's poorest populations as part of our commitment to the universal right to health care.
- Triple Canada's contributions to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, without taking these funds from existing commitments to international development assistance.
- Challenge international financial institutions' current practices demanding debt repayment and imposing structural adjustment austerity measures that limit people's capacity to ensure their own health and well being.
2. Ask the General Secretary to convey these concerns by letter to the Prime Minister. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY Act 22