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British experts deliver financial investigations training

January 31, 2015
British experts deliver financial investigations training BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Investigators from seven jurisdictions, including Saint Lucia, attended a ten-day training course in core skills in financial investigations delivered by UK experts. Twenty-two investigators learnt how to investigate money laundering, so that they can better prosecute...

Commentary: Guyana: The critical Muslim vote: Race and democracy

January 31, 2015
Commentary: Guyana: The critical Muslim vote: Race and democracy The Muslim minority of Sri Lanka’s electoral power was instrumental in the removal of the autocratic government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was accused of human rights abuse, intimidation of the press and disregard for minority rights in that country. With the announcement of...

Foreign Minister defends Guyana's human rights record at UN review

January 30, 2015
Foreign Minister defends Guyana's human rights record at UN review GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The members of the Guyana delegation slated to attend the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) comprising presidential adviser Gail Teixeira, Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett and legal adviser Damone Younge, in Geneva, Switzerland, were unable...

Letter: Nigel Hughes is ideal to lead a grand coalition at the upcoming general elections

January 29, 2015
Letter: Nigel Hughes is ideal to lead a grand coalition at the upcoming general elections The Guyanese nation now ponders the election of a new leader and government to chart a new course for our country. Our nation needs a rebirth. It has been perennially plagued by racial strife; social and economic stagnation; morally and intellectually bankrupt governance; abject criminality...

Guyana's human rights record to be reviewed by UN

January 27, 2015
Guyana's human rights record to be reviewed by UN GENEVA, Switzerland -- Guyana’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) working group for the second time on Wednesday 28 January 2015 in a meeting that will be webcast live. Guyana is one of the 14 states to be reviewed.

Cuba to strengthen support to CARICOM

January 27, 2015
Cuba to strengthen support to CARICOM KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) stands to benefit from increased support from Cuba in the areas of health, education, disaster response, and support for the disabled. Cuba’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Bernardo Guanche Hernández, said his government...

Commentary: In going for the whole hog, we may end up losing the whole hog

January 27, 2015
Commentary: In going for the whole hog, we may end up losing the whole hog Since my last article, there have been some very energetic discussions, particularly on social media about the composition of the much touted all-opposition pre-election coalition, especially the AFC-Nagamootoo-led ticket. Nuff respect to the debaters. Those who thought I was being "racist" by...

Guyana seeks to develop international relations with non-traditional partners

January 26, 2015
Guyana seeks to develop international relations with non-traditional partners GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Minister of Foreign Affairs Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett said that Guyana is looking at non-traditional partners, even while consolidating international and foreign policy relationships with the traditional ones. On Friday, the minister explained that Guyana was...

Guyana and Suriname both go to the polls in May

January 22, 2015
Guyana and Suriname both go to the polls in May GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana and Suriname, both members of Caribbean Community (CARICOM), will go to the polls in May. Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse completed a successful term in office and will run again for another term. However, Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar’s...

Commentary: Copa Airlines and the Guyana, Suriname aviation market

January 21, 2015
Commentary: Copa Airlines and the Guyana, Suriname aviation market With few airlines only servicing the Guyanas, Copa Airlines of Panama, the only global carrier that flies to Guyana, is looking to connect the Guyanas with the world via its Panama City hub. Moreover, the carrier is interested in the Suriname market and it’s only a matter of time before it adds Paramaribo.

Indian foreign minister to visit Suriname and Guyana

January 19, 2015
Indian foreign minister to visit Suriname and Guyana PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Sushma Swaraj, the foreign minister of India, will cement the elusive relationship between her country and Guyana and Suriname when she visits the Guyanas in March to pave the way for the visit of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Guyana and Suriname.

Suriname trade delegation heading to Guyana

January 15, 2015
Suriname trade delegation heading to Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The government of Guyana, the Private Sector Commission (PSC), and the Chambers of Commerce will be hosting a Surinamese trade mission/ delegation from January 15-17, 2015. It is expected that the ministers of trade and tourism will be in attendance.

Guyana rejects British call for resumption of parliament or hold general elections

January 14, 2015
Guyana rejects British call for resumption of parliament or hold general elections GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Britain is under attack by the government of Guyana after its high commissioner in Georgetown, Andrew Ayre, on Monday warned that Guyana is at risk of being referred to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group over the suspension of Parliament since last October.

Guyana president urges India to be more assertive globally

January 9, 2015
Guyana president urges India to be more assertive globally GUJARAT, India -- Addressing the Indian Diaspora inaugural session of the 13th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) on Thursday, Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar, who is the chief guest at the event, urged India to play a more active role on the global stage and extended Guyana’s support for India’s bid for...

Project funding approved for five CARIFORUM countries

January 9, 2015
Project funding approved for five CARIFORUM countries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Project Steering Committees of the Standby Facilities of the CARICOM Single Market Economy (CSME) and CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) have approved funding for projects in the following countries. Dominican Republic EPA...

Commentary: Lessons from Guyana and Norway

January 9, 2015
Commentary: Lessons from Guyana and Norway Forests are crucially important to climate change. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), “they have the potential to absorb about one-tenth of global carbon emissions projected for the first half of this century into their biomass, soils and products and store them – in principle in perpetuity”.

Drug bust in Guyana uncovers US$800 million in cocaine

January 8, 2015
Drug bust in Guyana uncovers US$800 million in cocaine GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- One hundred and eighty-five packages (bricks) of cocaine, weighing 192 kilograms and worth approximately US$800 million, were discovered on Monday by authorities in Guyana on the MV Delta Dies, a foreign vessel registered in Cyprus.

Guyana president pledges to complete hydro power project

January 2, 2015
Guyana president pledges to complete hydro power project GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Described as Guyana’s largest and most ambitious project to date, the Amaila Falls Hydro Power (AFHP) project is closer to becoming a reality, President Donald Ramotar revealed on Wednesday during his annual New Year’s address to the nation.

IDB to provide $15 million to Guyana to finance citizen security program

December 23, 2014
IDB to provide $15 million to Guyana to finance citizen security program GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana has secured a $15 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank for a citizen security program that helps communities better resolve conflicts in non-violent ways, improves police effectiveness and availability of crime data, and provides...

Bahamas is 11th most homicidal country in the world, says new report

December 20, 2014
Bahamas is 11th most homicidal country in the world, says new report NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas’ murder rate is among the top 15 in the world, according to the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2014 Global Status Report on Violence Prevention. Based on the data compiled in the report, The Bahamas has the 11th highest homicide rate.

Insel Air expands flight operations to Guyana

December 20, 2014
Insel Air expands flight operations to Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The flagship air carrier of Curacao, Insel Air has expanded its flights to and from Guyana. This was formally conveyed to President Donald Ramotar when he met with senior company officials including director of international affairs, Edward Heerenveen on Thursday.

Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean

December 17, 2014
Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Youth entrepreneurship organisations from thirteen Commonwealth countries across the Caribbean and including Canada have agreed to form a regional alliance of young entrepreneurs. The group will be called the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs...

InselAir adds Trinidad to route network

December 17, 2014
InselAir adds Trinidad to route network WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- On Monday, Curacao airline InselAir relaunched Trinidad as its 20th destination with an festive early breakfast at Curacao International Airport followed by the inaugural flight to Piarco International Airport in Port of Spain. The flight was operated with a Fokker 70.

Trinidadian investors assessing agricultural lands in Guyana

December 16, 2014
Trinidadian investors assessing agricultural lands in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Minister of Agriculture Dr Leslie Ramsammy and other officials met last Thursday with a 15-member team of investors from Trinidad and Tobago at which presentations were made on land availability, investment incentives, trade logistics, and ongoing investments.

CARICOM chair criticised for comments on political crisis in Guyana

December 15, 2014
CARICOM chair criticised for comments on political crisis in Guyana NEW YORK, USA -- The New York-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) said the assertion by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman, Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda, that CARICOM “respects the right of Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar to prorogue...

Caribbean banks urge regional governments to sign FATCA agreements with US

December 13, 2014
Caribbean banks urge regional governments to sign FATCA agreements with US CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) has strongly urged governments in the region, which have not yet completed the process towards a signed intergovernmental agreement (IGA) under the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) with the US to do so speedily.

US$10 million set aside for eighth cycle of CDB's Basic Needs Trust Fund

December 13, 2014
US$10 million set aside for eighth cycle of CDB's Basic Needs Trust Fund BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank has approved US$10 million from the Special Development Fund for the eightth cycle of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF 8). This decision was made at the 264th meeting of the Board, held on Thursday in Barbados.

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