News from Guyana:
April 14, 2014
According to World Bank data, Guyana's external debt has risen over 117%, US$850,393,000 in 2008 to US$1,845,561,000 in 2012. During that same time period gross national income per capita (purchasing power parity) has increased only 25% from US$2,720 to US$3,400. Furthermore, personal remittances...
April 10, 2014
NEW JERSEY, USA -- The Indie Authors Roundup, an online publication/website of Xlibris Corporation, arguably the world’s largest print-on-demand publisher, has named Guyanese American author Christopher Persaud’s book, The Da Vinci Code Revisited: A Conclusive Refutation of the Widespread...
April 3, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Héla Cheikhrouhou, executive director of the Green Climate Fund, will be the keynote speaker of the 15th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture in Georgetown Guyana on May 27, 2014. The lecture, named in honour of the second president of the Caribbean Development Bank...
March 29, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The committee of experts of the follow-up mechanism for the implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the Guyana report on the implementation of this treaty.
March 26, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana’s economy is projected to expand by 5.6 percent in 2014, with the non-sugar economy projected to grow by 5.2 percent. With the sugar industry projected to record an improvement of 15.6 percent in output to 215,910 tonnes in 2014...
March 26, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The government of Guyana has partnered with Brazil to begin a pre-feasibility study of the Upper and Middle Mazaruni areas to determine the potential of hydropower development in the area. Guyana remains the only South American member state...
March 25, 2014
There is major concern over police brutality against African Guyanese since the current executive government came to power. African Guyanese activists have pointed to over 400 African Guyanese, mostly young men, who have died at the hands of the police since 1992. There are strong claims...
March 22, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Several regional leaders have written to Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar, expressing their concerns about the failure of the local legislature to pass the critically needed Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Amendment Bill.
March 20, 2014
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- Youth, culture and sports minister of Guyana, Dr Frank Anthony, attended the 2nd Islamic Conference of the Ministers of Youth and Sports from March 17 to 18 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, the director general of the Islamic Educational, Scientific...
March 15, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar has maintained that the country’s position in the call for political, entrepreneurial, and popular will to achieve food security in the Caribbean region still stands. This was made clear by the president during the closing press conference...
March 14, 2014
In a rare show of unity, the governing and opposition parties in the Guyana legislature have demonstrated an outstanding and continuing commitment to the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Despite their differences over domestic matters, the parties in the legislature unanimously agreed...
March 13, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (GINA) -- Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at their 25th inter-sessional meeting in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, have issued a call for Guyana to pass the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism...
March 11, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (GINA) -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) said it is extremely worried over the non-passage of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (Amendment) Bill in Guyana and has formally written expressing the Community’s deep concern.
March 10, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The Venezuelan state-owned airline, Conviasa, will be increasing its flights to and from Guyana. At a post-Cabinet briefing on Friday, presidential advisor on governance, Gail Teixeira disclosed that Cabinet has approved the airline’s request to upgrade their non-scheduled...
March 7, 2014
The governing Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP) and the opposition parties in Guyana are locked in a unique governance struggle in which two combined opposition parties command the majority in the legislature and, thus, can block legislation introduced by the government.
March 6, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The Special Parliamentary Committee on the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) (Amendment) Bill was slated to meet again on Wednesday, but chair of that committee Gail Teixeira said...
March 3, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Partnerships are indispensible to spurring Guyana to its fullest economic heights and, as such, President Donald Ramotar on Friday extended a welcoming hand to all Chinese investors. Ramotar was at the time addressing the opening of the...
March 1, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana will not meet the February 28 deadline for the submission of a report and a copy of the assented Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AMLCFT) Amendment Bill to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force.
February 27, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana is once again positioned at a precipice with only one day to go before another deadline for the passage of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) (Amendment) Bill of 2013. Despite being cautioned by the...
February 20, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana’s attorney general and minister of legal affairs, Anil Nandlall on Tuesday responded to opposition leader David Granger, who said last week that his party is committed to the passage the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism...
February 19, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) --History was made on Monday as the panel of judges from Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) heard the first of three cases that are slated for examination at the court’s first itinerant sitting in Guyana. The sittings, which will conclude on Wednesday, are being held at...
February 17, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The plenary members of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Friday accepted the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force’s (CFATF) proposal that Guyana and others be reviewed subsequent to the latter’s next plenary decision in May.
February 15, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- CONVIASA launched its first commercial flight to Guyana on January 25, 2014. The Venezuelan-based carrier is currently operating once weekly flights to Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) out of Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela.
February 15, 2014
In 2011, I penned a letter to the media urging the government of Guyana to enter negotiation with COPA airlines of Panama, a member of the global giant, Star Alliance, to fly to Guyana. This will soon become a reality. COPA will add Guyana to its vast international network on July 11.
February 14, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana’s Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh has blasted the main political opposition party, A Partnership For National Unity (APNU), for waiting until the last minute to present their amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of Financing of Terrorism Bill.
February 13, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has joined other key stakeholders in expressing concern over the continuing delay in Guyana’s progress towards implementing recommendations to address deficiencies in its anti-money laundering regime.
February 12, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- On the occasion of hosting the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) ninth meeting of the heads of Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations in Latin America and the Caribbean, Guyana joined ISESCO, further consolidating its ties with...