Daily Archives: 01/25/2022

GUYANA: OIL: The Natural Resource Fund Act: ZOOM Panel Discussion – January 29, 2022 – Moray House Trust

You are warmly invited to join the first Moray House Trust panel discussion of 2022:
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Title:             The Natural Resource Fund Act: perspectives
Speakers:     Tarron Khemraj, Mike McCormack, Christopher Ram
Moderator:   Alissa Trotz

Date:            Saturday 29th January 2022

Time:           5.00 PM Guyana —  4.00 PM EST — 9.00 PM London

Moray House Trust is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Panel: The Natural Resource Fund Act: perspectives
Time: Jan 29, 2022 05:00 PM Guyana
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 841 1520 1430
Passcode: 441934


The government of Guyana has opted to create a sovereign wealth fund with the revenue earned from the offshore extraction of oil. This has not proven to be a straightforward exercise. Join our panel as they offer perspectives on the economics, the ethics and the legislation involved. The panel will consist of Professor Tarron Khemraj (economist), Christopher Ram (of Article 13) and Mike McCormack (of Policy Forum Guyana). Professor Alissa Trotz will moderate.

Moray House Trust has spent a decade working to promote Guyanese culture and public discourse. We believe that a culture thrives and develops where ideas circulate and are robustly debated and interrogated.
If you would like to ask questions or make a comment, please join via Zoom.
Moray House Trust

GUYANA: Balram Singh Rai (1921-2022): The source of his politics – By Clem Seecharan

This is abridged from my introductory essay to a biography of Rai by Baytoram Ramharack, Against the Grain: Balram Singh Rai and the Politics of British Guiana (Trinidad: Chakra, 2005).

Editor’s Note: In the last two weeks, we have lost several Guyanese who have made significant contributions to political, economic and cultural life. This week’s column pays homage to one of them, and is dedicated also to the memory of Ron Bobb-Semple and Yesu Persaud.

Balram Singh Rai

Balram Singh Rai (1921-2022), a minister in Cheddi Jagan’s government from 1959 until he was expelled from the PPP in June 1962, died in Oxford, England earlier this month. He migrated to England in 1970, and had taken no perceptible part in Guyanese politics since his Justice Party was comprehensively defeated in the first general elections under PR, in December 1964. It is arguable that he was demoralised by the scale of his defeat, and that he became something of a recluse thereafter. He was a tremendous loss to  Guyana’s political culture. I will attempt a survey of what inspired his brief political career, his philosophical promptings.          Continue reading

POLITICS: Female Leadership Is Good for The World. Just Look at Barbados – Mandeep Rai | The Guardian UK

By Mandeep Rai | The Guardian UK

PM Mia Mottley

Mia Mottley is just one of a raft of strong women across the Caribbean and South America tackling society’s most pressing issues. The world could learn a lot from them

I am writing from South America and the Caribbean, having interviewed many female leaders, most recently from Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados. 

The level of respect for female political and business leaders here is partly because they have had to dig deeper to prove themselves, which I believe is one key to their success – particularly during turbulent times.        Continue reading

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