News from Guyana:
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.
May 11, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- In fewer than four weeks, the Providence Stadium in Guyana will be the venue for the first round of the upcoming 2016 One Day International Tri-Nation series with Australia, South Africa and home team, West Indies. Three matches have been scheduled...
May 6, 2016
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The finance minister of Guyana and governor to the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Winston Jordan, along with his Surinamese counterpart, Gillmore Hoefdraad, will travel to Indonesia to attend the 41st board of governors meeting to be held May 15-19.
May 3, 2016
Following the recent shooting incident on the Belize-Guatemala border and the subsequent buildup of Guatemalan troops in the area, Amandala (described as Belize’s leading newspaper) published a scathing editorial, highly critical of the perceived passivity of the government in Belmopan.
May 3, 2016
One of the things we love about sport is the freedom to enjoy and play what we want, when we want, with whom we want. Such freedoms are never questioned until they come under threat. Until a government or governing body or impinges on our right to play. The same can be said...
April 30, 2016
BELIZE CITY, Belize -- In many Caribbean lands, they now exist only in history books, having moved, been killed off or exiled when conquering Europeans came in the 16th and 17th century. In Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and...
April 26, 2016
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has condemned killings and violations of human rights against transgender people reported in recent months by civil society and media in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
April 25, 2016
The Guyana government has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of India for the establishment of a US$1 million ICT Center of Excellence inside two classroom spaces at the NDMA – University of Guyana campus in Georgetown. While the announcement...
April 19, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- On Wednesday April 13, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the government of Guyana launched a US$30.9 million sea and river defense project. The project is expected to provide for the reconstruction and improvement of approximately 5.4 km...
April 18, 2016
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The 13th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit, which ended on Friday in Istanbul, Turkey, in its communiqué threw its full support behind the Caribbean community and the African Diaspora in their quest to convene an international conference to...
April 15, 2016
WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that the human rights standards...
April 15, 2016
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The foreign minister of Suriname, Niermala Badrising, is in Turkey representing President Desi Bouterse at the 13th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit, which commenced on Wednesday under the theme “Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace”.
April 13, 2016
Just after the conclusion of the conference of Commonwealth leaders in Malta, Guyana’s President David Granger on November 29, 2015, declared that the ongoing process by the United Nations could resolve the border controversy with Venezuela in three years’ time. While some may...
April 11, 2016
WASHINGTON, USA -- Approximately US$1.8 billion would be needed to end poor housing conditions currently endured by 1 million residents in The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, according to a new Inter-American Development Bank report.
April 9, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Western Hemisphere's only two members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Guyana and Suriname, will participate in next week's 13th Summit of the OIC from April 10-15 in Istanbul, Turkey. The president and the foreign minister...