Category Archives: Guyana

Pompeo: US wants to grow Guyana; says China’s money comes with strings

  • Don’t spread fake news  – Chinese Embassy

US State Secretary, Michael Pompeo yesterday said that China’s investments come with strings, but that the US brings Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) that is clean, drawing the ire of the Chinese Embassy in Guyana, which urged Pompeo not to spread fakes news.

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo

“The United States model is to build out on the best things of your country,” He said. “We’ll show up, we’ll bring capital, we’ll bring resources, we’ll often bring technological capabilities that are much needed to develop resources, develop infrastructure for your country, but we don’t do so with political strings tied to them. We don’t operate the way other regimes do, who might show up with money and then demand political retribution, or worse yet, engage in activity that is corrupt.”          Continue reading

GUYANA: Gov’t says working to reopen international airports to commercial flights

The government today said it is working “aggressively” to commence commercial flight operations at the two international airports in the shortest possible time.

A statement from Minister of Public Works Juan Edghill follows:

Both the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and Eugene Correia International Airports are open to facilitate repatriation flights, outgoing flights, cargo flights, medical evacuation flights, technical stop for fuel and special authorised flights.  Continue reading

GUYANA: COVID-19 deaths now 64 – 43 deaths since August 2, 2020

Also see: STATISTICS FOR COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD (below)

Guyana: Two more die of COVID-19 – Total now 64

The Ministry of Health (MOH) on September19 said  that as of 17:00hrs, two other persons who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have died. This takes the total number of deaths from the pandemic to 64. It was 21 on September 2, 2020.

The latest fatalities are a 71 -year-old male from Barima /Waini (Region 1) who died while receiving care at our medical facility. The other is a 63-year-old man from Demerara/Mahaica (Region 4). Samples were collected from both at the time of admission and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

No time for compliance in Guyana (An example)      Continue reading

US Secretary of State arrives in Guyana amid tight security, continued skepticism

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greets Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo. Partly hidden are President Irfaan Ali and the First Lady. Also in picture are Attorney General Anil Nandlall, Foreign Affairs Minister Hugh Todd and Minister of Governance and Parliamentary Affairs Gail Teixeira.

United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Guyana late Thursday afternoon on a whirlwind four-nation  South American tour, under tight security and lingering scepticism about whether his visit is linked to plans for eventual regime change in Venezuela.            Continue reading

Guyana, US to activate Shiprider agreement for air; maritime anti-drugs fight

Guyana and the United States (US) would be activating a 19-year old Shiprider Agreement that would allow the two countries to interdict drug traffickers, the US State Department said ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit.

“Following the Secretary’s visit, a bilateral Shiprider Agreement will come into force, enabling joint maritime and airspace patrols to interdict narcotics,” according to a fact sheet issued by Mr. Pompeo’s office.      Continue reading

US Secretary of State to highlight “inclusive and transparent governance” in Guyana

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

The United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to stress the importance of “inclusive and transparent governance” in Guyana during his two-day visit this oil-rich South American nation.

“We stand together with diverse population of Guyana, as inclusive and transparent governance will be key to building a sustainable future,” the State Department said in a fact sheet issued ahead of Mr. Pompeo’s two-day visit to Guyana.          Continue reading

DRUG SMUGGLING: Crashed plane with cocaine and another at Issano Mazaruni – one dead. 3 arrested

  Sep 16, 2020  News      Crashed cocaine airplane… – seized drugs weighed 390 kilos

The 206 Cessna Aircfaft which was escorted to the city

The unidentified body of a male, seized cocaine and one of the planes along with the three suspects found at Nine Miles, Issano, Middle Mazaruni, Region Seven, have all arrived in Georgetown as investigations continue.

Interpol to assist with probe

This newspaper has also been reliably informed by police sources that the International Police (Interpol) will assist the Guyana Police Force (GPF) with the investigation in identifying the dead male and ascertaining who the detained foreign nationals are.    Continue reading

Guyana-US Relations: Trotman cautions government against “unholy agenda”

— Pompeo to also visit Suriname, Brazil, Colombia

Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) and leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Raphael Trotman, yesterday cautioned the new administration against agreeing to anything that may threaten Guyana’s sovereignty ahead of the United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo’s scheduled visit later this week.

Opposition MP, Raphael Trotman

“Being aware of the imminent arrival of certain foreign dignitaries,” Trotman cautioned, “we must be careful that in the height of the pomp, no pun intended, and ceremony, we do not lose our dignity and self-respect and trade our sovereignty, statehood and hallowed stance of the right to self-determination and non-interference, in the affairs of other states by agreeing to some unhelpful and unholy agenda that is meant to boost electoral prospects elsewhere.”  Continue reading

OIL: With two-year deadline… Guyana running out of time to audit Liza One and Two

– will be forced to accept US$10B costs – IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned Guyana since 2016, that one of the most critical challenges it faces is conducting effective cost audits, especially when it is taken into account that the Stabroek Block Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) with ExxonMobil only gives the nation a two-year window to contest unreasonable and/or inflated costs.

With such a timeline, it would mean that the country has to act swiftly or else, those costs as reported by the oil giant would have to be accepted, the IMF cautioned.  Continue reading

GUYANA POLITICS: Why I do not write articles on Guyana – By Hubert Williams

— (Editor’s Note: This article was written nine years ago in 2011. It is long but very informative)

By Hubert Williams –

Boston, Massachusetts, October 30, 2011 — I wouldn’t have thought that it mattered very much. Or that anyone would bother to notice. Until I visited New York to participate in family celebrations over the 2011 Labour holiday weekend.

Godfrey Wray, a journalism colleague from way back and now based in the “Big Apple”, remarked on the absence of writings by me on political, social and economic developments in Guyana.

Nonetheless, Godfrey’s inquiry is haunting: why don’t I write on Guyana?  I just don’t… and have never thought I needed to explain why. However, it is my view that one has to live the reality of Guyana to write informedly about its current affairs. We who reside abroad are mere ghosts of times past.        Continue reading