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Guyana government silent on visit by head of Islamic organisation

September 29, 2016
Guyana government silent on visit by head of Islamic organisation GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A one-day official visit to Guyana on Tuesday by the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, was neither publicised by the government nor covered in any way by the state-owned media – the government news agency...

Former Guyana government officials and gold exporters said to be on US extradition watch list

September 28, 2016
Former Guyana government officials and gold exporters said to be on US extradition watch list GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The apparent delay by the Guyana government to prosecute members and confidantes of the previous government for various financial improprieties, may all be part of a wider plan to facilitate their future extradition and prosecution in the United States.

Islamic organisation head begins Caribbean tour in Guyana on Monday

September 24, 2016
Islamic organisation head begins Caribbean tour in Guyana on Monday NEW YORK, USA -- The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) secretary general, Iyad Madani, will on Monday begin his first tour of the two OIC member states in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Guyana and Suriname. On Wednesday, he will arrive in Paramaribo.

Guyana emerging as a 'green state', president tells UN Assembly

September 21, 2016
Guyana emerging as a 'green state', president tells UN Assembly NEW YORK, USA -- Underscoring the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the president of Guyana highlighted that his country will continue to pursue a ‘green’ economy and will be a reliable and cooperative partner...

Suriname mining company signs multi-million dollar export contract

September 21, 2016
Suriname mining company signs multi-million dollar export contract PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Suriname’s state-owned mining company Grassalco recently secured a multi-million dollar deal to supply crushed stone for the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana. Grassalco and Zhong Da International Engineering Company...

ILO team to facilitate a new tripartite decent work country programme in Guyana

September 21, 2016
ILO team to facilitate a new tripartite decent work country programme in Guyana PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (ILO) -- The director, Claudia Coenjaerts, and several members of the International Labour Organization’s Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean are in Georgetown, Guyana, to support the advancement of the decent work agenda in the context...

Commentary: Silence over Kashmir in the Caribbean, as India seeks the support of OIC states in CARICOM

September 17, 2016
Commentary: Silence over Kashmir in the Caribbean, as India seeks the support of OIC states in CARICOM Kashmir, a disputed territory, claimed by both India and Pakistan, has never been a foreign policy issue for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Guyana is an exception; it has in the past issued statements on Kashmir at the United Nations and at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

India to send delegations to Guyana and Suriname

September 13, 2016
India to send delegations to Guyana and Suriname GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- India’s foreign ministry plans to send delegations to visit 68 countries, including Guyana and Suriname, in an effort to expand and improve India’s international presence amidst growing escalation of violence in the Valley of Kashmir, a disputed territory claimed ...

Private Hindu college in Guyana excels in the Caribbean

September 13, 2016
Private Hindu college in Guyana excels in the Caribbean GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A private Hindu college/high school continues to excel academically in Guyana (and perhaps the Caribbean), surpassed only by the long-established (1844), state-funded Queen’s College. In the recent CSEC [equivalent to London GCE and Cambridge O’ Level...

OIC secretary general to visit Guyana and Suriname

September 9, 2016
OIC secretary general to visit Guyana and Suriname NEW YORK, USA -- The secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, will make his first official tour of the Western hemisphere’s only two OIC member states, Guyana and Suriname, at the end of September, after the opening of the United Nations...

CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry

September 8, 2016
CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- For many countries in the Caribbean, a successful tourism industry is critical to social and economic growth and development. However, an increasingly competitive global tourism market has meant that Caribbean countries must find ways to differentiate...

Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future

September 8, 2016
Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Leaders of the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO) met at a two-day performance and planning workshop to discuss and critically assess the CNFO’s performance since its formation almost ten years ago. They were joined in this exercise...

Letter: Question to GAWU - Is GuySuCo a friend or a foe to its employees?

September 1, 2016
Letter: Question to GAWU - Is GuySuCo a friend or a foe to its employees? As one reads the article titled “Chand says cooperation needed to resist any bid to reprivatize sugar” that was published in the Stabroek News on Sunday, August 28, 2016, one gets the impression that Mr Komal Chand is saying some of the right things but in the wrong context.

Concern over Brexit in vulnerable Commonwealth states

August 30, 2016
Concern over Brexit in vulnerable Commonwealth states LONDON, England -- Key industries in some Commonwealth nations could take massive hits if appropriate steps aren’t taken following the UK’s departure from the EU. The forecast over so-called Brexit comes from policy experts’ analysis in two new research papers published by the...

US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean

August 25, 2016
US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Officials from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed an agreement to provide US$33 million towards financing sustainable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean region.

Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield

August 25, 2016
Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield The fourth international congress on the biodiversity of the Guiana Shield, sponsored by the International Biodiversity Society of the Guiana Shield (IBG) in conjunction with the Guyana government, was held during August 8-12 in Georgetown, Guyana. In his address to the forum on April 8...

Venezuela official suggests the arrest of its citizens in Guyana was unlawful

August 20, 2016
Venezuela official suggests the arrest of its citizens in Guyana was unlawful CARACAS, Venezuela -- A Venezuelan government source with close ties to President Nicolás Maduro has suggested that the arrest of 14 Venezuelans in the Essequibo region by Guyanese officials may have been a breach of international norms since Venezuela views the area...

Barbados welcomes weekly Suriname flight

August 17, 2016
Barbados welcomes weekly Suriname flight BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BTMI) -- Travel between Barbados, Suriname and Guyana should now be easier, thanks to the new Fly AllWays service out of the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport in Paramaribo, Suriname. The Fly AllWays inaugural flight touched down at the Grantley Adams International...

Jungle-stranded Venezuelans plead with Guyana's president to allow them in to find food

August 15, 2016
Jungle-stranded Venezuelans plead with Guyana's president to allow them in to find food GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The graphic survival stories that usually come out daily from the mouths of children, parents and families who are enduring Venezuela’s seemingly never-ending food crisis are often too distressing to listen to, much more to relay. Someone always has a painful story...

Letter: Party paramountcy

August 12, 2016
Letter: Party paramountcy On February 8 this year, the Report of the Commission of Inquiry on the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of the Late Dr Walter Rodney was submitted to the president of Guyana, David Granger. The commissioners, Sir Richard Cheltenham, QC; Mr Seenath Jairam, SC; and Mrs Jacqueline...

Letter: The travel ban on University of Guyana graduates is unlawful and subverts the constitution

August 3, 2016
Letter: The travel ban on University of Guyana graduates is unlawful and subverts the constitution The recent pronouncement of the minister of finance in which he declared with the utmost pomposity that graduates who are in arrears with the University of Guyana would be prevented from travelling out of the country until they had settled the debt, must strike all right-minded people...

Guyana names new ambassador to Kuwait

August 2, 2016
Guyana names new ambassador to Kuwait GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana this week named Professor Dr Shamir Ally as its next resident ambassador to Kuwait. The Guyana embassy in Kuwait has been without an ambassador for over two years now, with Sarfaraz Shadood heading the embassy since former ambassador...

Commentary: Plans advance for South American passport and citizenship

July 22, 2016
Commentary: Plans advance for South American passport and citizenship The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) has advanced its plans for the establishment of a South American passport and the promotion of the free movement of all South American citizens throughout the continent. Towards this end, on June 28-29, the Working Group on South American...

Commentary: When is Guyana's President David Granger going to Africa?

July 21, 2016
Commentary: When is Guyana's President David Granger going to Africa? Just last week, Guyana participated in an “oil and gas mentorship programme” in Kampala, Uganda. Guyana which recently discovered a mega oil and gas field off its coast, is making preparation for the development of the country’s oil and gas sector, and this is why Minister of Finance...

Guyana telecoms company allegedly obstructs service for emerging newspaper

July 15, 2016
Guyana telecoms company allegedly obstructs service for emerging newspaper GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana-born international journalist and multi-faceted businessman Dennis Adonis has accused the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) of being a “communications tyrant” and a frequent albatross around the neck of Guyana’s economic progress.

Guyana's latest oil discovery may boost local aviation sector

July 12, 2016
Guyana's latest oil discovery may boost local aviation sector GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana is set to grow tremendously in the coming year after a second offshore well confirmed a mega discovery of oil and gas, and the aviation sector, which has been neglected for decades, is now getting a lot of attention from the government.

CARICOM to continue robust advocacy against de-risking

July 11, 2016
CARICOM to continue robust advocacy against de-risking GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is advancing its efforts to address de-risking and its effects on the region and heads of government have taken the decision to approach the government of the United States directly. Prime minister of Jamaica...

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