News from Suriname:
December 11, 2013
CONAKRY, Guinea -- Suriname, one of two countries in the Western Hemisphere belonging to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), on Tuesday in Conakry, Guinea, where the 40th meeting of OIC foreign ministers is being held, acceded to the Statute of the Islamic Organisation...
December 9, 2013
CONAKRY, Guinea -- Guyana and Suriname are expected to participate in 40th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers meeting, which begins Monday in Conakry, Guinea, under the theme: Dialogue of Civilizations: Factor of Peace and Sustainable Development.
December 6, 2013
MUGLA, Turkey – Suriname’s quest to develop strong economic ties with Turkey and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) following intense diplomacy since the Bouterse administration took office in 2010, now seems to be bearing fruit. When Bouterse came to office, ties with the OIC...
November 28, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group has embarked on a two-year (2014 -2015) interim member country partnership strategy (MCPS) for Suriname. Under this interim strategy, the IsDB intends to contribute to the development priorities of...
November 16, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Judicial authorities in Suriname on Thursday ordered a probe into criminal charges brought by the United States government against Dino Bouterse, son of the country’s president, Desi Bouterse. Dino Bouterse allegedly trafficked 10 kilos of cocaine from Suriname.
November 15, 2013
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish President Abdullah Gül on Wednesday received the credentials of Suriname’s first ambassador to Turkey, Liakat Ali Errol Alibux, at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara. Alibux will continue to reside in Suriname, as a non-resident ambassador to Turkey. He is also advisor to the president of Suriname.
November 11, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Lawyers for drug trafficking suspect Dino Bouterse, who on Friday was slapped with additional charges linking him to an alleged terrorist plot against the US, have strenuously denied their client’s involvement in such activities. Dino Bouterse is the son of Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse.
November 11, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Police in Suriname say that they have rescued three underage teenage Guyanese girls who were kept as sex slaves in a brothel in a gold mining township in the Surinamese interior. During a raid of the brothel, three individuals, including a Guyanese woman...
November 8, 2013
The Taste of Suriname isn’t just another Surinamese cookbook. It is not only the first Surinamese cookbook especially written for English-speaking audiences, it also contains a unique collection of 100 currently popular, never published and long-forgotten recipes, seasoned with a good sprinkling of historical...
November 7, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved two loans totaling $40 million to support Suriname’s power sector. The first loan totaling $30 million will support the country’s plans to improve the quality and reliability of the local electricity service.
November 4, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Leo Morpurgo, retired veteran journalist and former editor-in-chief of Suriname’s de Ware Tijd newspaper, died here on Tuesday after a short illness. He was 89 years old. While Morpurgo in his latter days struggled with a frail health, his death came as a shock to the media fraternity.
October 28, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- In an unexpected move, former president Ronald Venetiaan resigned on Friday from Suriname’s parliament. In a letter to Speaker of the House Jenny Geerlings-Simons, he announced that from October 27, 2013, he will no longer be a member of parliament.
October 23, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Regional governments should fulfill obligations their officials subscribe to at meetings and conferences with interest groups in the region, Kenya Pansa representative of Sunrop, the Suriname chapter of the Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers (CANROP), said.
October 23, 2013
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The assistant secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin said new levels of growth in the Caribbean will depend largely on the ability of governments to factor changes in innovation, technology, education, research and...
October 19, 2013
WASHINGTON, USA -- On September 30, 2013, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Suriname. Suriname’s macroeconomic performance has strengthened markedly over the past decade.
October 10, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname - President Desi Bouterse has dismissed Suriname’s Finance Minister Adelien Wijnerman, the Office of the President announced in a press statement on Wednesday. The minister has been requested to offer her resignation due to the slow pace at which...
October 5, 2013
Guyana and Suriname’s ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran, one of the richest countries in the world, may pay dividends, especially if US /Iranian ties normalize in light of dramatic developments recently. For the first time since 1979, a US president and his Iranian counterpart have an open line of...
October 3, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- The next secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Bin Amin Madani, the former Saudi minister of culture and information, has expressed his desire to continue forging closer ties with Guyana and Suriname, the only two OIC member states in...
October 3, 2013
WASHINGTON, USA -- On September 19, 2013, the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors in Washington, paid a courtesy visit on Vincent Gray, mayor of Washington, DC. The caucus engaged in discussions with the mayor on a variety of topics including the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Caribbean Affairs.
September 23, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has hard evidence that the president of Suriname, Desi Bouterse, had frequent contact with Roger Khan, a Guyanese national and one of the largest drug traffickers in the region, Dutch news outlet NRC.nl reported.
September 19, 2013
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Narendra Modi, governor of the state of Gujarat, who is alleged to have encouraged and condoned deadly clashes in India in 2002 that saw the death of over 2,000 Muslims, was chosen a week ago by India’s main opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as their...
September 16, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The recent announcement that, from October, Caribbean Airlines (CAL) will no longer receive a Trinidad and Tobago government fuel subsidy -- if it is indeed true and not a hoax as some observers have suggested -- may benefit the Guyana and Suriname...
September 16, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Guyana will soon see the arrival of Caricom Airways, a small commuter airline from Suriname, which plans to connect Guyana’s Ogle International Airport with several regional airports in the Eastern Caribbean, Brazil and possibly two cities in Venezuela.
September 14, 2013
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard will soon begin joint patrol operations with their counterparts from Suriname to maintain security along the Corentyne River and within the coastline of the two countries. The joint operation is among several...
September 9, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- While the government strongly disapproves of spying activities by the US, Suriname cannot fight possible cyber and electronic espionage by US agencies. The country lacks the technological capacity, manpower and capital to ward off any illegal prying of Washington.
September 7, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Suriname finally has a coast guard of which the government can be proud, said Vice President Robert Ameerali last Sunday, during the ceremonial inauguration of the Coast Guard service, which took over 20 years to be realized. The objective is to protect Suriname’s territorial waters...
September 3, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Unity within the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) was restored on Friday at the summit of the South American government leaders in Paramaribo, Suriname, with the return of Paraguay to the regional bloc after a suspension of more than a year.