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Airfares to Guyana drop as Copa tickets go on sale

April 19, 2014
Airfares to Guyana drop as Copa tickets go on sale NEW YORK, USA -- Star Alliance member, Copa Airlines, which is set all to enter the Guyana market on July 11, began selling tickets a few days ago, which has led to lower airfares between Guyana and New York. However, airfares remain relatively high for peak season but at an all time low for non-peak.

Guyanese journalist charged with stealing and forgery in Grenada

April 19, 2014
Guyanese journalist charged with stealing and forgery in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Rawle Nelson, a Guyanese freelance journalist, has been charged by police in Grenada with two counts of stealing, forgery and uttering a false document from his former employer, Times Caribbean reported. Nelson, who has lived and worked in a number of Caribbean islands...

Commentary: Smoke and mirrors: A closer look at Guyana's looming debt crisis

April 14, 2014
Commentary: Smoke and mirrors: A closer look at Guyana's looming debt crisis According to World Bank data, Guyana's external debt has risen over 117%, US$850,393,000 in 2008 to US$1,845,561,000 in 2012. During that same time period gross national income per capita (purchasing power parity) has increased only 25% from US$2,720 to US$3,400. Furthermore, personal remittances...

Guyanese American author's book named first Critics' Choice selection on new website

April 10, 2014
Guyanese American author's book named first Critics' Choice selection on new website NEW JERSEY, USA -- The Indie Authors Roundup, an online publication/website of Xlibris Corporation, arguably the world’s largest print-on-demand publisher, has named Guyanese American author Christopher Persaud’s book, The Da Vinci Code Revisited: A Conclusive Refutation of the Widespread...

Head of Green Climate Fund to deliver memorial lecture at CDB annual meeting in Guyana

April 3, 2014
Head of Green Climate Fund to deliver memorial lecture at CDB annual meeting in Guyana BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Héla Cheikhrouhou, executive director of the Green Climate Fund, will be the keynote speaker of the 15th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture in Georgetown Guyana on May 27, 2014. The lecture, named in honour of the second president of the Caribbean Development Bank...

OAS anti-corruption mechanism releases report on Guyana

March 29, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The committee of experts of the follow-up mechanism for the implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the Guyana report on the implementation of this treaty.

Guyana's economy projected to expand by 5.6 percent in 2014

March 26, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana’s economy is projected to expand by 5.6 percent in 2014, with the non-sugar economy projected to grow by 5.2 percent. With the sugar industry projected to record an improvement of 15.6 percent in output to 215,910 tonnes in 2014...

Guyana pushing ahead with hydro power in joint partnership with Brazil

March 26, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The government of Guyana has partnered with Brazil to begin a pre-feasibility study of the Upper and Middle Mazaruni areas to determine the potential of hydropower development in the area. Guyana remains the only South American member state...

Commentary: Race, ethnic politics and police violence in Guyana

March 25, 2014
Commentary: Race, ethnic politics and police violence in Guyana There is major concern over police brutality against African Guyanese since the current executive government came to power. African Guyanese activists have pointed to over 400 African Guyanese, mostly young men, who have died at the hands of the police since 1992. There are strong claims...

Caribbean leaders support efforts to pass anti-money laundering bill in Guyana

March 22, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Several regional leaders have written to Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar, expressing their concerns about the failure of the local legislature to pass the critically needed Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Amendment Bill.

Guyana represented at Islamic youth and sports meeting in Saudi Arabia

March 20, 2014
Guyana represented at Islamic youth and sports meeting in Saudi Arabia JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- Youth, culture and sports minister of Guyana, Dr Frank Anthony, attended the 2nd Islamic Conference of the Ministers of Youth and Sports from March 17 to 18 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, the director general of the Islamic Educational, Scientific...

Guyana's land offer to help push regional food security still stands, says president

March 15, 2014
Guyana's land offer to help push regional food security still stands, says president GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar has maintained that the country’s position in the call for political, entrepreneurial, and popular will to achieve food security in the Caribbean region still stands. This was made clear by the president during the closing press conference...

Commentary: Guyana's political parties leading Caribbean integration

March 14, 2014
Commentary: Guyana's political parties leading Caribbean integration In a rare show of unity, the governing and opposition parties in the Guyana legislature have demonstrated an outstanding and continuing commitment to the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Despite their differences over domestic matters, the parties in the legislature unanimously agreed...

CARICOM heads urge Guyana to pass anti-money laundering bill

March 13, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (GINA) -- Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at their 25th inter-sessional meeting in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, have issued a call for Guyana to pass the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism...

CARICOM heads to discuss Guyana's non-passage of AML-CFT bill

March 11, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (GINA) -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) said it is extremely worried over the non-passage of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (Amendment) Bill in Guyana and has formally written expressing the Community’s deep concern.

Conviasa given approval to increase flights to Guyana

March 10, 2014
Conviasa given approval to increase flights to Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The Venezuelan state-owned airline, Conviasa, will be increasing its flights to and from Guyana. At a post-Cabinet briefing on Friday, presidential advisor on governance, Gail Teixeira disclosed that Cabinet has approved the airline’s request to upgrade their non-scheduled...

Commentary: In Guyana, political negotiations an opportunity for real democracy

March 7, 2014
Commentary: In Guyana, political negotiations an opportunity for real democracy The governing Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP) and the opposition parties in Guyana are locked in a unique governance struggle in which two combined opposition parties command the majority in the legislature and, thus, can block legislation introduced by the government.

Guyana opposition accused of holding AML bill hostage

March 6, 2014
Guyana opposition accused of holding AML bill hostage GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The Special Parliamentary Committee on the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) (Amendment) Bill was slated to meet again on Wednesday, but chair of that committee Gail Teixeira said...

Guyana welcomes Chinese investors

March 3, 2014
Guyana welcomes Chinese investors GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Partnerships are indispensible to spurring Guyana to its fullest economic heights and, as such, President Donald Ramotar on Friday extended a welcoming hand to all Chinese investors. Ramotar was at the time addressing the opening of the...

Guyana misses anti-money laundering legislation deadline again

March 1, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana will not meet the February 28 deadline for the submission of a report and a copy of the assented Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AMLCFT) Amendment Bill to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force.

Another crucial deadline looms for anti-money laundering law in Guyana

February 27, 2014
Another crucial deadline looms for anti-money laundering law in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana is once again positioned at a precipice with only one day to go before another deadline for the passage of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) (Amendment) Bill of 2013. Despite being cautioned by the...

Opposition must take responsibility for delay in anti-money laundering legislation, says Guyana AG

February 20, 2014
Opposition must take responsibility for delay in anti-money laundering legislation, says Guyana AG GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana’s attorney general and minister of legal affairs, Anil Nandlall on Tuesday responded to opposition leader David Granger, who said last week that his party is committed to the passage the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism...

CCJ hears first case in Guyana

February 19, 2014
CCJ hears first case in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) --History was made on Monday as the panel of judges from Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) heard the first of three cases that are slated for examination at the court’s first itinerant sitting in Guyana. The sittings, which will conclude on Wednesday, are being held at...

Financial task force postpones sanctions against Guyana

February 17, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The plenary members of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Friday accepted the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force’s (CFATF) proposal that Guyana and others be reviewed subsequent to the latter’s next plenary decision in May.

CONVIASA begins commercial flights to Guyana

February 15, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- CONVIASA launched its first commercial flight to Guyana on January 25, 2014. The Venezuelan-based carrier is currently operating once weekly flights to Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) out of Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela.

Commentary: COPA Airlines may shake up Guyana's aviation sector

February 15, 2014
Commentary: COPA Airlines may shake up Guyana's aviation sector In 2011, I penned a letter to the media urging the government of Guyana to enter negotiation with COPA airlines of Panama, a member of the global giant, Star Alliance, to fly to Guyana. This will soon become a reality. COPA will add Guyana to its vast international network on July 11.

Unfair for Guyana to suffer because of opposition stance on anti-money laundering bill, says minister

February 14, 2014
Unfair for Guyana to suffer because of opposition stance on anti-money laundering bill, says minister GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana’s Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh has blasted the main political opposition party, A Partnership For National Unity (APNU), for waiting until the last minute to present their amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of Financing of Terrorism Bill.

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