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Guyana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) makes big jump in 2019

CMC, – Added 21 February 2020

Photo: Guyana’s Finance Minister Winston Jordan. (Picture courtesy Ministry of Finance Guyana)

GEORGETOWN – Guyana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded by 4.7 percent in 2019 – the biggest growth since 2014.

This was disclosed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan as spoke at a sod-turning ceremony for the proposed Hilton Hotel in East Coast Demerara.

“While there has been positive growth from 2015, economic growth has been cumulative since 2017, moving from 2.1 per cent in that year to 3.8 per cent in 2018 and to 4.7 per cent last year. The growth recorded last year was more than the projected 4.6 per cent,” the minister said.  Continue reading

Guyana’s 50th Republic Anniversary – National Awards announced


On the occasion of the 50th Republic Anniversary of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger, MSS, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Chancellor of the Orders of Guyana is pleased to make the following appointments under the Order of Roraima and the Order of Service of Guyana.

Order of Roraima

  1. Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados

Order of Service

Cacique’s Crown of Honour

  1. The Right Reverend Charles Alexander Davidson
  2. Dr. Abraham Agustus Clemwood Fung-A-Fat
  3. Dr. Neville Bhagwandeen Gobin
  4. Edmond Montague Grant
  5. Professor John Edward Greene
  6. Dr. Cecil Edward Harricharran            Continue reading

Guyana Elections 2000: GECOM dubs joint services vote a smooth one

Guyana Elections 2020: How I plan to vote and why – by GHK Lall

As I prepare to exercise the franchise in the fast approaching elections, I share with fellow Guyanese for which group my vote is to be cast and why. I do this publicly, before all, whether those of like electoral mind, those who stand on either side of the fence, or those on the fence.

My elections choice has nothing to do with oil; pays scant regard to the soapy promises embedded in glossy manifestos and violates racial voting taboos. It is not influenced by who has lambasted their political opponents more accurately, more piercingly, or more ingeniously. It is not based on who has recruited and let loose the greatest number of the loudest, most raucous public parrots pretending at intellectual analysis, political cunning, or the inhuman insights of spiritualists.        Continue reading

Caribbean: Crying for you Venezuela and Haiti! – By Jean H Charles

— By Jean H Charles

Today Haiti and Venezuela represent two nations in shambles where
their citizens are leaving in drove seeking refuge in any hospitable
setting they can find.

Venezuela with a population of around 29 million people and Haiti with
a population of 11 million people are enduring a purgatory weaves by
national and international circumstances. Both nations are linked by
historical connection that placed Haiti has the midwife that facilitates
Venezuela birthing. Indeed when Bolivar visited the entire universe
seeking help to liberate his country from the Spanish conquistadors’
only Haiti on December 15 1815, stepped up to the plate with arms and
munitions to help Simon Bolivar regain force and gain independence.    Continue reading

U.S.– Bigoted pasts return to haunt top Democratic presidential candidates seeking black votes


Corey Booker, Kamala Harris and Deval Patrick’s exiting the race for the Democratic presidential nomination leaves only white candidates, some carrying baggage that diminishes their appeal to African Americans.

Joe Biden claims the African American vote because he was Barack Obama’s vice president. But, as a Delaware senator, he vehemently opposed busing, saying in a 1975 newspaper interview recently unearthed by The Washington Post: “The real problem with busing is that you take [white] people who aren’t racist, people who are good citizens, who believe in equal education and opportunity, and you stunt their children’s intellectual growth by busing them to an inferior school. … I do not buy the concept, popular in the ’60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and…in order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start or even hold the white man back.’”            Continue reading

Twenty in 2020 and expecting The Good Life – by Francis Quamina Farrier

 50 Republic Jubilee Anniversary, 2020

Twenty in 2020 and expecting The Good Life – by Francis Quamina Farrier

During the past few  weeks I have been wondering what would be the topic for my Guyana 50 Republic Jubilee Feature Article. Just a few days ago I concluded my wondering thoughts and decided to focus on the bright faces and minds of those Guyanese who are now age 20, and who will be voting for the very first time in a National General Elections. I have also decided to respectfully pass on some elderly advice to first time voters; the kind of advice which I received when I was a first time voter.

To the first time voters, I would let them know that back in Colonial British Guiana, one could not have voted at General Elections unless one was a property owner. One had to own house and land. In other words, ordinary poor people did not have a franchise and were not entitled to vote. So, many of our ancestors were really not full citizens as we are today. Then came what was known as “Adult Suffrage” which gave Voting rights to all adults 21 years and older. That was subsequently reduced to 18 years and older.      Continue reading

Diaspora Engagement: Assessing Tensions and Solutions due of Social and Economic Transformation in Guyana — By Lear Matthews

This two-part article examines the tensions between the diaspora and home country and efforts to resolve them. This timely presentation is informed by the imminent economic windfall which requires constructive dialogue, collaboration, and informed policy, and argues that geographic separation should not prevent a common identity and the will to achieve a mutually beneficial purpose.

Diaspora Engagement: Assessing Tensions at a Time of Social and Economic Transformation in Guyana

— By Lear Matthews      (PART 1)

Transnational ties between immigrants and their home country is a universal phenomenon, but the relationship is often tenuous if not ambiguous. Diaspora engagement presupposes the formation of a partnership for development in which immigrants bring “potential value” to the development process through the provision of financial resources and human capital. Ideally, this situation augments connections and contributes to nation-building. Nevertheless, tensions do exist though not readily acknowledged.              Continue reading

TRAVEL – TOURISM: The coronavirus will hit the tourism and travel sector hard

Professor, Law and Economics of Tourism, University of Guelph

China’s tourism sector has been devastated by the latest coronavirus outbreak, but the impact is being felt around the world and in many industries

The spread of infectious diseases is invariably linked to travel. Today, tourism is a huge global business that accounts for 10.4 per cent of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 10 per cent of global employment.

Nothing seems to slow its growth as year-over-year increases outpace the economy. The United Nations World Tourism Organization is predicting further growth of three per cent to four per cent in international tourist arrivals for 2020, with international departures worldwide particularly strong in the first quarter of this year.

But that was before a new coronavirus (formally known as 2019-nCoV) hit China and then very rapidly started spreading to the rest of the world with 20 countries and counting isolating cases.              Continue reading

GUYANA-50: Commemorative Stamps, Golden Medallion unveiled for Jubilee anniversary

DPI, Guyana, Monday, February 17, 2020

President David Granger last evening (February 16, 2020), attended the launch of the 50th Republic Anniversary Commemorative Stamp and Gold Medallion at the Umana Yana, High Street, Kingston, Georgetown.

President Granger, who was accompanied by First Lady,  Sandra Granger, said the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana is a defining moment in history.

There are four stamps each carrying their own illustrationContinue reading

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