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GUYANA promotes agriculture; fends off protectionism charge in oil diversification — By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

“Oil “don’t spoil,” the late Dr. Eric Williams, prime minister of petroleum-rich Trinidad and Tobago, was reported to have once said. To which the late Forbes Burnham, then prime minister of agriculture-oriented Guyana, retorted, “But you can’t eat it.”

What happens when you have both oil and food? Lots of headache.

Tension between the two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations has existed for decades, even though Trinidad and Tobago once wrote off a US$400 million debt Guyana owed for petroleum products, according to former Guyana Parliament Speaker Ralph Ramkarran.

Many Guyanese traveled to other CARICOM countries to live and work in the 1970s and 1980s, “creating monumental chaos” during transit at Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport “with huge bundles packed with goods being brought back to Guyana for trading,” Ramkarran wrote in a Guyanese Online column.“ No single Guyanese passing through Trinidad during this era, and even much later, has not experienced surly, enhanced scrutiny and less than accommodating reception at Trinidad’s Immigration and Customs desks.”          Continue reading

History Provides the Blueprint – Dr Eric Williams of Trinidad/Tobago – Full Documentary video

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“History Provides the Blueprint” explores the life of Dr. Eric E. Williams and the legacy of the Eric Williams Memorial Collection (EWMC).
Dr. Williams was the first Afro-Caribbean to graduate from Oxford with a Ph.D. in 1938. Author of the still controversial book “Capitalism and Slavery”, this scholar-turned-statesman became the first prime minister of the twin-island Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. His contribution in establishing a nation out of its British colonial roots, and in valuing the role of national education remain two of his many significant imprints.
The EWMC is the Anglophone Caribbean’s first-ever research library, archives and museum.
The full video’s inaugural screening on September 25, 2008 – which would have been Dr. Williams’ 97th birthday – was the highlight of the EWMC fundraising event, “Decade of Achievement: 1998 – 2008.” It was held in St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies.  See video link below:…. Continue reading

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