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International experts to gather for Internet Week Guyana in October

August 31, 2017
International experts to gather for Internet Week Guyana in October GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Internet experts from around the world will be in Georgetown in October for Internet Week Guyana, a high-level technology conference focused on national and regional development issues. Hosted by the Guyana ministry of public telecommunications, the meeting is...

Guyanese drug mule jailed in The Bahamas

August 28, 2017
Guyanese drug mule jailed in The Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas -- A 22-year-old Guyanese woman, who was arrested while trying to smuggle drugs into The Bahamas last week, told a Bahamian magistrate that she took a chance to bring cocaine into the island nation because she desperately needed some money to take care of her younger brother...

Letter: Tribalism in Guyana

August 26, 2017
Letter: Tribalism in Guyana The sustained collaborative foreign and local bombardment of the PPP Government succeeded and Dr Jagan was forced to accept constitutional changes on the basis of which elections were held in early December 1964 resulting in the PPP winning 45.8 per cent of the total vote, the PNC 40 per cent...

Concerns raised over Guyana air safety and service quality

August 22, 2017
Concerns raised over Guyana air safety and service quality GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Following recent air crashes, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) held an emergency meeting with stakeholders of the aviation industry on August 11. At the end of the meeting, GCAA lavished praise on Guyana for having a “low aircraft accident record.” However, aviation...

Guyana telecoms company accused of stealing another phone company's logo

August 21, 2017
Guyana telecoms company accused of stealing another phone company's logo GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The new logo that was unveiled by local telecommunications giant Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) in September 2015 has recently been placed in the spotlight by copyright infringement monitors who raised the possibility that the logo concept and colour...

USAID/UNDP hosts regional workshop for citizen security

August 18, 2017
USAID/UNDP hosts regional workshop for citizen security BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Citizen security experts, decisions makers, and senior technical officers from across the Eastern and Southern Caribbean met in Barbados for the start of a regional workshop for the United States government's, through the United States Agency for International...

Haiti lottery chief wants to learn from the Dominican Republic

August 16, 2017
Haiti lottery chief wants to learn from the Dominican Republic PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Last week, Marie Margareth Fortuné, the director general of the Haitian State Lottery (LEH), paid a two-day visit to the Dominican Republic to learn about operations in the gambling industry and draw on good practices from its neighbours. In addition to a visit to the...

Guyana newspaper expands journalism team

August 12, 2017
Guyana newspaper expands journalism team GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- As part of its plan to break away from being a subscriber-only newspaper to a standard print tabloid for ordinary vendor resale from September, one of our regional republishing partners, the Guyana Guardian, has strengthened the quality of its news content by adding some...

Commentary: President Granger does not have the political authority to fire Ramjattan or any AFC minister

August 9, 2017
Commentary: President Granger does not have the political authority to fire Ramjattan or any AFC minister Just over a week ago, I was stuck in the middle of a ‘rum-shop’ argument that practically yielded no winning results on either side of the table. In reality, I personally have no political allegiance to any party and, generally, do not vote. Hence I would only side with policies, and not necessarily...

IMPACT Justice legislation committees meet in Guyana

July 25, 2017
IMPACT Justice legislation committees meet in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project will host meetings for its business names legislation and legal profession legislation committees on July 26, 27 and 28, 2017 in Guyana. These meetings will be officially opened...

CDB to support climate-smart agricultural sector in Guyana

July 24, 2017
CDB to support climate-smart agricultural sector in Guyana BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have approved a grant of US$295,000 to support the government of Guyana in developing a framework, which will guide the development and implementation of measures to adapt to the impact of climate...

Guyana pushes youth empowerment at Islamic bloc meeting in Abidjan

July 21, 2017
Guyana pushes youth empowerment at Islamic bloc meeting in Abidjan ABIDJAN, Cote d'Ivoire -- Guyana’s vice-president and minister of foreign affairs Carl Greenidge attended the 44th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, which took place July 10-11. Also in his delegation was Shiraz Mohamed...

Suriname expands foreign policy frontier at Ivory Coast meeting

July 17, 2017
Suriname expands foreign policy frontier at Ivory Coast meeting ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire -- Foreign Minister Yildiz Pollack-Beighle of Suriname attended, the 44th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting in Côte d'Ivoire from July 10-11, and used the forum to press ahead with her country’s push to expand ties with...

Another prison fire averted in Guyana

July 17, 2017
Another prison fire averted in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Several hundred prisoners who were brought to the Lusignan prison in Guyana after a fire they had set at the Camp Street Prison in Georgetown resulted in its near-destruction, made several attempts to repeat the same act at the Lusignan prison. According to well-placed...

Commentary: The Georgetown prison fire: A failure and opportunity for good governance

July 15, 2017
Commentary: The Georgetown prison fire: A failure and opportunity for good governance Last week, swift public accountability reinforced good governance in Trinidad and Tobago. Ms Marlene McDonald was sworn in as minister of public utilities on June 30. Three days later Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley fired her for countenancing a reputed member of the criminal underworld...

Commentary: Venezuelan minister urges: Know details of 1899 Award and Geneva Agreement

July 13, 2017
Commentary: Venezuelan minister urges: Know details of 1899 Award and Geneva Agreement As part of its activities to maintain its claim to Guyana’s Essequibo territory, the Venezuelan government has established an organization it calls the New Frontier of Peace Mission. A press release issued by the Venezuelan foreign ministry on June 2 announced that this organization held a seminar from...

Fire destroys Guyana prison and records, raising legal dilemma

July 11, 2017
Fire destroys Guyana prison and records, raising legal dilemma GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- With thousands of conviction records, prisoner profiles, sentence particulars, and committal warrants destroyed on Sunday in a massive fire at the Camp Street prison in Georgetown, Guyana, the state may face a legal quandary or a massive judicial and penal confusion.

Letter: Destruction of main prison in Guyana underscores need to overhaul security system and posture

July 11, 2017
Letter: Destruction of main prison in Guyana underscores need to overhaul security system and posture The full facts and circumstances of the fire that completely destroyed the Georgetown Prison in Guyana on Sunday are not yet known or made public. We will therefore eschew judgement. This crisis is devastating to the management of the country’s national security. Guyana is grappling with the...

Letter: Lessons from Guyana for Argyle International Airport

July 10, 2017
Letter: Lessons from Guyana for Argyle International Airport If we want a preview of Argyle International Airport (AIA) on the mainland of SVG, for, “regular flights for the next tourist season, which is the November tourist season,” and many tourist seasons to come, there is no better place to look than Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the national airport...

CSME the best response to changes in Europe, says outgoing CARICOM chair

July 8, 2017
CSME the best response to changes in Europe, says outgoing CARICOM chair ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME) is the Community's best response to the inevitable changes in its traditional markets in Europe, the prevalence of economic liberalization and the emergence of economic blocs, the...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Re-imagining Caribbean cities

July 8, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Re-imagining Caribbean cities According to speakers at the recently held Chicago Forum on Global Cities, nearly four-fifths of future growth is likely to come between now and 2030 from urban centres with over 0.5 million people. At the event, presenters demonstrated that not only is this one of the positive effects of well-planned...

CARICOM discord further exposed at Grenada summit

July 6, 2017
CARICOM discord further exposed at Grenada summit ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Following the very public collapse of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member unity at last month’s Organization of American States summit in Mexico, the bloc’s disharmony was further exposed at the heads of government meeting currently taking place in Grenada.

Commentary: Venezuela divides CARICOM - Implications for Guyana

July 5, 2017
Commentary: Venezuela divides CARICOM - Implications for Guyana Venezuela divides the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and it was obvious at the recent Organisation of American States (OAS) meeting of foreign ministers in Mexico when at the last minute, according to diplomats present at the meeting, Suriname alleged that one sentence in the CARICOM.....

Guyana and Suriname foreign ministers to attend OIC meeting in Cote d'Ivoire

June 30, 2017
Guyana and Suriname foreign ministers to attend OIC meeting in Cote d'Ivoire GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The foreign minister and vice president of Guyana, Carl Greenidge, and his counterpart from neighbouring Suriname, Yldiz Pollack-Beighle, will travel to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, to attend the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) 45th Council of Foreign Ministers meeting.

IMF concludes consultation with Guyana

June 30, 2017
IMF concludes consultation with Guyana WASHINGTON, USA -- On May 24, 2017, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Guyana.  Real economic activity expanded by 3.3 percent in 2016. Subdued agricultural commodity prices, adverse weather and delays in public investment...

Guyana opposition MPs added to international no-fly list

June 27, 2017
Guyana opposition MPs added to international no-fly list GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- As if the revocation of their respective US visas was not enough of a travel nightmare, a usually reliable source at the US State Department has confirmed to the Guyana Guardian that, based upon information at their disposal since 2015, an intelligence request...

Aruba Airlines eyes the Guyana market

June 26, 2017
Aruba Airlines eyes the Guyana market GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Aruba Airlines plans to commence daily flights between Aruba and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana from July 7.  The CJIA's US$200 million modernization and expansion project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. However, the government...

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