News from Guyana:
July 22, 2016
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...
July 21, 2016
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...
July 15, 2016
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.
July 12, 2016
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.
July 11, 2016
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...
July 11, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Guyana Animation Network (GAN) was officially launched at an open day in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 2, 2016. GAN is a network established to use its resources to create and provide access to opportunities for persons within Guyana’s artistic...
July 9, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The 37th regular meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 4 – 6, 2016, concluded on Wednesday. The prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings.
July 9, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- In less than a week, a Guyana-based software development company will be officially launching the world’s newest antivirus software, in addition to a professional PC cleaning tool, and a spyware removal tool. Presumably a first for a Caribbean tech company...
July 7, 2016
Although obeah (folk magic) was a punishable offence, it was frequently practiced as a means of inspiring or supporting slave revolt and other forms of resistance on the plantations. Both the Dutch and British viewed obeah as nothing more than witchcraft or black magic to harm others.
July 6, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The plenary sessions of the 37th meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) got underway in Georgetown, Guyana, on Tuesday morning. The heads of government will discuss a wide range of issues.
July 5, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- US oil giant ExxonMobil made waves in Guyana last Thursday by announcing it had confirmed a “world-class discovery” of oil offshore. The company said results from its exploration well in the Stabroek block, about 120 miles (193 kilometres) offshore...
July 5, 2016
The people of Saint Lucia and the Caribbean in general woke up on the morning of June 7, 2016, to a new reality; Dr Kenny Anthony is no longer the prime minister of that country. The almost flippant and matter-of-fact announcement of the dissolution of parliament and an election...
July 1, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The 12th Annual CARICOM 10K race takes place this Sunday at 6:00 am in Georgetown, Guyana, under the Theme ‘Promoting Healthy and Peaceful Societies’. The CARICOM 10K race is held to coincide with the regular meeting of the conference of...
June 30, 2016
This past February, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) reported that several countries within the region had been issued immediate drought warnings by the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH). Antigua, Barbuda, Barbados...
June 28, 2016
Very little is written about the prominent role that enslaved African Muslims played in the history of the Guianas but, for now, we will focus on Guyana, the former Dutch/British colony in South America. While the reconstruction of the history of enslaved Africans in Guyana is difficult due to...
June 25, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has begun responding to the news that Britain has voted to leave the European Union (EU). On Friday 52 percent of voters in a referendum in Britain opted out of remaining in the 28-member grouping.
June 23, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The first Kuwaiti embassy in a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country, Guyana, is still on the cards, according to diplomats working quietly and diligently to see this proposal come to fruition. It may also very well be the first Arab diplomatic mission in...
June 16, 2016
NEW YORK, USA -- At the just concluded “Guyana Means Business” investment conference in New York City last Friday, many participants raised the issue of corruption and red tape that frustrated the efforts to invest in Guyana during the previous administration. Investors were very vocal...
June 15, 2016
I am writing this column on my way from Haiti, where I attended the 41st annual Caribbean Studies Association conference. For six days more than a thousand scholars from all parts of the world of different generations who study and teach about the Caribbean engaged in scholarly exchanges.
June 14, 2016
NEW YORK, USA -- At the just concluded “Guyana Means Business” investment conference in New York City last Friday, minister of tourism and communications Cathy Hughes revealed that negotiations with JetBlue and American Airlines are progressing very well, and said...
June 4, 2016
NEW YORK, USA -- “Guyana means business” is the theme of an investment conference organized as part of the 50th independence anniversary activities in New York, and will address the need for deeper engagement and an effective pathway between Guyana and the rest of the world.
June 2, 2016
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Beginning Sunday, June 5, military and security forces from Caribbean nations will join the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom for maritime and internal security and disaster response training in Grenada as part of Exercise Tradewinds 2016.
May 30, 2016
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Airlines based in Guyana and Suriname, members of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), will benefit from an agreement signed on May 25 between Turkish Airlines (THY) and the IsDB to enhance cooperation among 57 members of the bank, according to a statement...
May 27, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- As of July 4, 2016, Insel Air of Curacao will connect Guyana and Brazil by air after a five-year void of no direct air services between the two countries that share a vast frontier. This long awaited service is welcomed by the public. The last airline to fly this route...
May 18, 2016
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Guyana on Tuesday officially became the 57th member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) during at the opening ceremony of the bank’s annual governors meeting, which is being held in Indonesia. President of the IsDB, Ahmad Mohammed Ali said...
May 16, 2016
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- History will be created in the Caribbean when all ten matches in the upcoming Tri Nation One-Day International Series will be day/night matches. This is the first time all matches in a series will be contested under lights. The West Indies Cricket Board...
May 13, 2016
WASHINGTON, USA -- On Monday, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Guyana. Real economic activity expanded by 3 percent in 2015. Lower export commodity prices and budget delays weighted down on activity.