Honourable Mr. Robert H. O. Corbin, MP
Leader of the People's National Congress Reform
Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition of Guyana

 

 
 
Mr. Robert H.O. Corbin, M.P., Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition of Guyana and the Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform, has given distinguished public service for the past thirty-nine years as a Teacher, Public Servant, Youth Leader, Professional Social Worker, Politician, Legislator, Minister of Government and as a member of the Guyana Elections Commission.
 
Born in the mining Town of Linden, his early upbringing was rooted in the Presbyterian Church where he spent many years actively working in the Youth Ministry. A graduate of the University of Guyana and the Hugh Wooding Law School he holds the Diploma in Social Work, (Dip. S W); the Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B); and the Legal Education Certificate, (L.E.C), of the Caribbean Council of Legal Education.
 
As a social worker, Mr. Corbin worked in many hinterland and rural communities of Guyana promoting social and economic development.  From 1966 to 1977 he was widely recognized as a youth leader skilled in organising, mobilizing and training young people for nation building.  During this period, he held positions of Executive member, General Secretary and later National Chairman of the Young Socialist Movement, the Youth Arm of the Peoples National Congress. It was his work in this organisation that propelled him to the forefront of the movement to secure national independence and self reliance.
 
Mr. Corbin has also been an elected member of the Central Executive Committee of the People’s National Congress for the past thirty years and has served as its Senior Vice Chairman and General Secretary. He was elected Chairman of the party at its Biennial Congress in August 2000 and was returned at the Biennial Congress in August 2002 for a further two-year term. Consequent upon the sudden death of Mr. Hugh Desmond Hoyte, he was elected Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform at a Special Congress held on February 1, 2003.
 
An elected Member of Parliament for twenty-four continuous years from August 1973 to October 1997, Mr. Corbin held a number of Ministerial portfolios.  These included, Cooperatives and National Mobilisation; Youth Sports and National Service; Regional and National Development; Local Government; Agriculture and Forestry; and, Works, Communications and Public Utilities. He was also Deputy Prime Minister between 1985 and 1992.  As an Opposition Member of Parliament between 1992 and 1997, he was Shadow Minister for Works, Communications and Regional Development. He was re-elected to Parliament at the 2001 General Elections and was elected Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition on May 2, 2003.
 
During his years of service, Mr. Robert Corbin traveled extensively throughout Guyana, acquiring vast knowledge of the needs, challenges and potential of the various communities and actively worked in many of them, promoting their development.
Mr. Corbin has ably led many delegations to various international conferences in pursuit of Government and Party Business, the earliest of which was as a member of the Guyana delegation to the Non Aligned Summit in 1970 held in Lusaka, Zambia.  He has also effectively represented his Party and country in numerous countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.
 
His indomitable strength in the face of adversity, his resolute calm in situations of crisis, his political acumen, leadership skills together with his vast knowledge of the history and development of his Party and country, have all served to fashion this man who has never faltered in his commitment to the Peoples National Congress Reform and Guyana. A protégé of the late, Dr. Ptolemy Reid and Forbes Burnham and a trusted advisor of the late Desmond Hoyte, Robert Herman Orlando Corbin, a committed nationalist is dedicated to rebuilding and strengthening the Peoples National Congress Reform to realize its vision of a modern, prosperous, developed and united Guyana.
 
Robert Corbin, a practising Attorney At Law is married and has five grown children. He has always been a keen sportsman and was active in athletics, swimming and other games.  He still finds time to keep fit by playing squash.  Among his hobbies are boating, hunting and horseback riding.
 
Peoples National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana
June 2003