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Guyanese Diaspora Digest Publications -13th Edition 2022

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GUYANA: The Trinidad Connection and Guyana’s Local Content Act – by Ralph Ramkarran

 April 2, 2022- The Trinidad Connection

A robust debate has been triggered by Guyana’s Local Content Act (the Act) between Guyanese and Trinidad and Tobago business organisations, businesspeople and involving some Guyanese public officials. The debate has had little input from ordinary Guyanese citizens. For example, there has been few, if any, letters in the press from Guyanese expressing outrage against Trinidadians for any reason.

However, while the debate is limited to Trinidad’s business practices, trade policies and importance to Guyana as a Caricom member, there is a strong undercurrent in Guyana of resentment against what is believed to be Trinidad’s historically unflattering view of Guyanese due, it has always been believed, to Trinidad’s sense of its own superiority by virtue of its oil wealth as against Guyana’s relative poverty.            

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Guyana Politics: Granger-led coalition “likely” to win next “close” election -US Congress report

The United States Congressional Research Service (CRS), a think-tank for the United States (U.S.) Congress, says some analysts believe that the David Granger-led coalition is likely to win next year’s general elections.

“Past general elections in Guyana suggest the 2020 race will be close, but some analysts contend the APNU/AFC’s multiparty and cross-ethnic coalition is likely to sustain the Granger government in power,” the CRS said in its December 6, 2019 edition

Granger’s People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) is the largest party in A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) umbrella which includes the often vocal Working People’s Alliance (WPA). The Alliance For Change (AFC) is the second largest party in the entire coalition.      Continue reading

First Caricom Summit with Brazil

First Caricom Summit with Brazil


CARICOM nations sign deals with Brazil

BRASILIA, Brazil, Wednesday April 28, 2010 – Fourteen  Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have signed bilateral agreements with Brazil at the inaugural Brazil-CARICOM Summit.

 Created in 1973, CARICOM is composed of 14 countries: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. The headquarters of CARICOM is in Guyana.  Brazil has been an observer of the Caribbean bloc since 2006.

 More than 40 bilateral agreements were signed in areas such as visa exemption and technical cooperation in health, education, culture, agricultural development, energy and biofuels, tourism and civil defense.

At the end of the meeting which took place on Monday, participants signed the Brasilia Declaration, pledging to further promote the integration of their economies, as well as cooperate in international politics, and expressed their mutual desire for further integration and cooperation.

The summit also established a political consultation mechanism, which will meet regularly to identify and promote common positions in the international arena. The declaration stressed the importance of relations between CARICOM and Mercosur – a bloc including Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – and pledged to work for a free trade agreement.

CARICOM’s present Chairman,  Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, said the summit was “historic and timely”. He said the meeting was a tangible expression of a commitment made by Brazil to establish a partnership with the region and to further existing cooperation initiatives. 


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