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GUYANA: Guyanese think Govt. corrupt at all levels – US Dept. of State Human Rights report

GUYANA: Vice Media’s Interview with Vice President Jagdeo – Stabroek News Editorial

By February 12, 2022

Stabroek News

To see our Vice President fumbling for words the other evening in his interview with VICE Media was not pretty.

His typical press conference begins with a two-hour monologue touching on every issue, many of which are outside his chief cook and bottle washer portfolio. Local media operators tolerate these because most of them are genuinely intimidated by Mr Jagdeo who has described them as vultures, barred one senior reporter from his press conferences and pulled state advertisements from this newspaper.

So one might not feel too sorry for him when he  was led to believe for over an hour that the award winning journalist, Isobel Yeung, was genuinely interested in his opinions on oil, the environment and his grand vision for Guyana with a mandatory sprinkling of attacks on opposition individuals she had likely never heard of.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Politics and Economy: ‘Guyana on path of resource curse’ — Khemraj Ramjattan- AFC

…  Ramjattan says Budget 2022 destroying non-oil sectors

… Warns against creeping return of corruption

Khemraj Ramjattan

By Gary Eleazar – Kaieteur News – February 2, 2022

Budget 2022 is reflective of a country that is already heading down the path of the resource curse or the Dutch Disease, as is evidenced by the figures presented, confirming a heavy reliance on oil funds while at the same time the non-oil economy shrinks.
This was the conclusion of Alliance for Change (AFC) Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan, yesterday, as he made his contribution to the Budget Debates.

Ramjattan – a veteran parliamentarian—in a more toned down presentation, sought to caution against the destruction of Guyana’s non-oil economy since the hydrocarbons being discovered are a finite resource that would be exhausted in a matter of decades.       . Continue reading

Guyana: US Government calls on Guyana to ‘stamp out’ corruption’

…corruption threatens security, hinders economic growth, and siphons away public and private resources,” US Ambassador

…says private sector actors must also answer for any role in corrupt practices

USA Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch

Dec 09, 2021 – Kaieteur News – As the world today observes, International Anti-Corruption Day, the government of the United States of America, has called on governments—including Guyana—“to announce meaningful commitments and initiatives, and to engage with civil society and the private and philanthropic sectors, since they play a critical role in supporting democracy, fighting corruption, and protecting human rights.”

The sentiments were espoused in a statement by the US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch, who noted that the occasion coincides with US President, Joe Biden, “hosting a virtual Summit for Democracy, at which (Guyana’s) President (Irfaan) Ali, has confirmed his attendance.”            Continue reading

GUYOIL – A Case Study of Corruption in Governance in Guyana – Editorial – Kaieteur News

April 27, 2021 – Kaieteur News – GUYOIL stands as a prime example of how governance, at many levels, functions in Guyana today. GUYOIL could serve as the perfect picture of a rare behind the scenes look at how men entrusted with responsibility conduct themselves.

They conduct themselves in this manner, because it is understood all around that they have been given a mandate, in the fullness of powerful carte blanches, to make a killing while living a deep dark lie. Indeed, it could be confidently and convincingly said that GUYOIL is so much more than any one lie, but an expression of so many countless other deplorable and damnable lies.    Continue reading

Law enforcement and the judiciary blamed for corruption in Guyana and Caribbean

Blame law enforcement, judiciary for corruption – says expert

Jul 28, 2017  Kaieteur News – featuring Dr. Perry Stanislas

To a large extent, law enforcement and the judiciary are to be blamed for the high levels of corruption in Guyana and the wider Caribbean. This is so because it will only take a few good examples to be made out of corrupt officials to send a message that the crime would not be tolerated.

That is the view held by a few international experts, particularly United Kingdom’s Dr. Perry Stanislas and Christopher Camponovo of Halcyon Law Group. This view was aired during the recent symposium that examined the relationship between corruption and oil.         Continue reading

Guyana: The Next Economic Tiger? – commentary

Guyana: The Next Economic Tiger?

Guyana map

   By  on November 9, 2013   – e-International Relations Blog

Guyana is the third smallest country in South America, located on the north-eastern coast of the continent. Its total population is also small at around 800,000 (giving Guyana one of the lowest population densities in the Americas), with 90 per cent living within 10 miles of the coast. Although Guyana is the third poorest country in the Americas it has a tremendous stock of natural resources, and there is great hope that Guyana’s economy has reached take-off phase and high growth and sustained development are now possible.
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Guyanese must stand up for Procurement Commission‏ – AFC

Guyanese must stand up for Procurement Commission‏ – AFC

 In light of Ramkarran’s statement

June 27th, 2013 -AFC Press Release  – The revelations by the former high ranking PPP/C executive member and sole nominee of the PPPC  for the position of speaker of the current parliament,  about the management of the country and the manner in which decisions are arrived at, by the Government in his article entitled the  Kleptocratic Republic of Guyana [article link], have confirmed the worst fears of the citizenry.

Mr. Ralph Ramkarran S.C. disclosed that at the apex of corruption in Guyana is, “a group of wealthy and influential businessmen who have high political connections.”

Most revealing in his disclosure was the following; “They have access through their political connections, to information on potential opportunities that are likely to emerge in the near to medium term and  are in a position to make investments now as to cash in on those opportunities down the road. The PPP leadership is supported and financed by all these groups and state decisions are influenced by their interests.”  Continue reading

Rooting out corruption is vital to a country’s development says British High Commissioner to Guyana

Rooting out corruption is vital to a country’s development says British High Commissioner to Guyana, Andrew Ayre – 13th Mar 2013

Capitol News 13 March 2013 – British High Commissioner to Guyana, Andrew Ayre, said it is critical for Guyana and the other members of the 54-nation grouping to live up to the core values of the Commonwealth, one of which is good governance, this, as Guyana observed Commonwealth Day.

He said an important part of good governance is the rooting out of public corruption.

The Ambassador’s comments came against the backdrop of the Public Sector Commission’s response to the last Transparency International Corruption Index Report. In that report, Guyana scored  28 points out of a possible 100, to be ranked 133 out of 176 countries that were assessed. The lower the number, the more corrupt the country is perceived to be.   Continue reading

AFC, Government continue to trade blame over Agricola unrest

AFC, Government continue to trade blame over Agricola unrest

The Government wants to exploit racism and is trying to divert attention from the issues of corruption that are taking place, that’s the view of the Alliance for Change.

The Government has been blaming the AFC for organizing the unrest at Agricola, where a number of people were reportedly robbed by elements in the community.

At a press conference today, AFC leader, Khemraj Ramjattan, said, that the party was not involved and strongly condemned the action. AFC Vice Chairman, Moses Nagamootoo, believes that the Government is trying to use violence to stir up hatred.         Continue reading

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