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GUYANA: The tangled web of nepotism in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Opinion

The PPP/C will worsen a bad situation in the Foreign Service. Its recent engineering of changes with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has compounded and confused responsibilities within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On Monday last, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced five appointments; an offer to former Foreign Minister, Carl Greenidge to be an advisor on Borders (Frontiers); the appointment of the former Director General of the Ministry, Audrey Jardine-Waddell, as its Permanent Secretary; the reversion of the former acting, Permanent Secretary, Charlene Phoenix, as Ambassador to Caricom; the appointment of former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, as Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations; and the appointment of former Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Natural Resources, Robert Persaud as Foreign Secretary.        Continue reading

Guyana Government: Foreign Minister Hugh Todd appoints Greenidge as Advisor; several others

Ambassador to the United Nations is now Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett

Aug 18, 2020  Kaieteur News

Carl Greenidge

 Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hugh Todd, yesterday announced several appointments within his Ministry. Todd said that the appointments are meant to bolster the Ministry’s foreign relations, technical and administrative capacity and strengthen his ministerial mandate.  Here are his appointments:

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Former PPP/C ministers adjust to life in and out of Guyana

After elections loss, former PPP/C ministers adjust to life in Guyana and out

Stabroek News – 11 January 2012 – Following the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) loss in last year’s May 11 general elections, some of its former ministers have moved to new pastures outside the country while others remain here though not representing the party in the National Assembly.

The PPP/C had replaced just under one-third of its Members of Parliament from the 10th Parliament. These include former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and former Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Public Works, Natural Resources, Labour, Human Services, Local Government, and Agriculture, respectively Ashni Singh, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, Robeson Benn, Robert Persaud, Nanda Kishore Gopaul, Jennifer Webster, Norman Whittaker and Leslie Ramsammy.   Continue reading

Smuggling from Suriname a major bugbear for Guyanese businesses as Trade Talks begin

Smuggling from Suriname a major bugbear for Guyanese businesses

14 January 2015 – by   –  Demerara Waves

GT -Suriname Trade MissionAs a group of Surinamese private sector and government officials prepare to participate in a three-day trade mission in Guyana from Thursday, the Private Sector Commission of Guyana is concerned about smuggling.

Chairman for Trade and Investment at the Private Sector Commission, Ramesh Dookhoo says products produced in Guyana and other Caricom member states are facing unfair competition from goods smuggled from neighbouring Suriname.

He says that in many instances higher quality products are imported into Suriname on concessionary terms and then smuggled to Guyana where they are sold at cheaper prices. Products include vehicles, fuel, textiles, alcohol, tobacco and hardware.   Continue reading

Spouses of Caricom Skilled Nationals can now work freely in Guyana

Spouses of Caricom Skilled Nationals can now work freely in Guyana

Thursday, 27 February 2014 –  Demerara Waves

Caribbean Community (Caricom) nationals allowed to live and work in Guyana as Skilled Nationals will now be allowed to bring their spouses and dependants to live and work indefinitely.

Foreign Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett on Thursday successfuly piloted an amendment to her country’s Caribbean Community Free Entry of Skilled Nationals Act to now allow for the spouse of a skilled national to work once verification of the Skilled Nationals Certificate issued to the principal beneficiary has been granted. “The amendments …allow the spouse the right to engage in gainful employment or other occupation without having to apply for a work permit once the certificate of the principal beneficiary is verified and indefinite duration is granted,” she told the National Assembly.   Continue reading

Corentyne River Bridge… Suriname, China to arrange financing

Corentyne River Bridge… Suriname, China to arrange financing

FEBRUARY 5, 2014 | BY  |   …Guyana to build approach road  

The New River Bridge across the Corentyne River to be funded by the Chinese will be done through an arrangement between Suriname and China, not Guyana.

This is according to Foreign Affairs Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, who yesterday said that the financial affairs of the project are being negotiated between the two countries and as such, she would not be able to say if it would be a loan or a grant.

She did point out that the money would be coming from the US$3 billion in loans to 10 Caribbean nations, including Guyana, that was announced by Chinese President, Xi Jinping.
Regarding local input into the project, she said that Guyana will only be required to build an approach road to the bridge.  Continue reading

USAID Democracy Project: US project an affront -Luncheon

USAID Democracy Project: Continuing US project an affront -Luncheon

Roger Luncheon

Roger Luncheon

Stabroek News –  December 23, 2013

Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr. Roger Luncheon says that the continuation of a USAID-funded G$300 million (US$1.5M) democracy project here is an “affront” to Guyana’s sovereignty and the issue is engaging the highest levels of government.

“The issue is, the Cabinet of this nation, a sovereign country, indicated to the American Ambassador its definitive position on this matter, and according to the reports in the Stabroek News of the 19th of December, the (US) Ambassador in an article, has essentially said, I am going ahead with what I want to go ahead with, and this decision of Cabinet, disapproving this project, I will ignore, I will disregard, indeed he has effectively challenged state power,” the Government Information Agency (GINA) quoted Luncheon as saying during an interview on the National Communications Network’s Political Scope programme.  Continue reading

Guyana, Venezuela to prepare for maritime delimitation negotiations

Guyana, Venezuela to prepare for maritime delimitation negotiations

Research Vessel -Teknik Perdana

Research Vessel Teknik Perdana

Thursday 17 October 2013 – Demerara Waves

Guyana and Venezuela Thursday night agreed that they would within four months begin groundwork for the start of negotiations for the delimitation of their maritime boundary, in the wake of last week’s arrest of a seismic research ship by the Venezuelan navy.

Foreign Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett said that during the six-hour meeting in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad with her delegation and one headed by Venezuela’s Foreign Relations Minister, Elías Jaua the two countries held on to their position that the Research Vessel Teknik Perdana was in each other’s waters when it was intercepted and arrested last week Thursday.

“In this regard, Ministers Rodrigues-Birkett and Jaua agreed to explore mechanisms within the context of international law to address the issue of maritime delimitation. To this end, they agreed that a technical team would meet within four months to exchange views on how such delimitation could proceed,” the two delegations said in a statement.    Continue reading

Barbados, Guyana to craft immigration protocol

Barbados, Guyana to craft immigration protocol

Demerara Waves – September 4, 2013

BGI-GEO Foreign MinistersPicture: Barbados’ Foreign Minister, Maxine Mc Lean (left) and the Foreign Minister of Guyana, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett at a news conference after the 2nd Joint Commission meeting of their countries

Guyana and Barbados on September 4, 2013 agreed to craft a protocol to handle immigration concerns, even as the two countries pointed out that fewer Guyanese are being barred from entering that Caribbean island.

The announcement was made by Guyana’s Foreign Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett and her Barbados counterpart Maxine Mc Lean at the close of the 2nd session of the Joint Commission.   Continue reading

Guyana launches Diaspora project in Washington

Guyana launches Diaspora project in Washington

February 25, 2013 – WASHINGTON, USA (GINA) —

Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, on Friday evening launched the Guyana Diaspora Project (GUYD) at the Embassy of Guyana in Washington, DC, a project designed to compile data about the resources, skills and level of interest which is available in the Guyanese Diaspora.

Persons and organisations who wish to assist in Guyana’s development can submit their information online through a dedicated website or by way of social media. The information obtained would allow for skill sets and resources which are available in the Diaspora to be matched and channelled toward development needs in Guyana.    Continue reading

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