The Guyana Reparations Committee on Friday launched its leg of the International Youth Reparations Relay and Rally with an event at the Guyana Independence Park. Speakers at the launch included President of Guyana H. E. David Granger and Chairman, Guyana Reparations Committee, Mr. Eric Phillips.
In his keynote address, President Granger said the call for Reparations was serious business and not a side show. He said the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was one of the greatest un-natural disasters of all time and a crime against humanity.
“There was a crime but there was no punishment. There was a crime but there was no justice” the President said.
He said the people of the Region are looking to their leaders to bring about redress for their ancestors and it was with this in mind that the CARICOM Heads of Government accepted a draft Regional Strategic Operational Plan for reparations at their Twenty-Fifth Intercessional Meeting in 2014. (more…)
Archbishop of the West Indies, Dr. John Holder, said that the close relationship between Guyanese and Barbadians should be celebrated.
His statement came as scores of Guyanese resident in Barbados flocked to the Cathedral of St Michael and All Angels for a service marking their country’s 50th anniversary of independence.
Guyana and Barbados observe their 50th anniversary of political independence this year with the sister CARICOM state having its special day on May 26, to be followed by this island’s observance on November 30.
“We see the collaboration with the team from the OHADAC Project as being yet another way that the CCJ can play a significant role in deepening regional integration and in supporting economic development throughout the Caribbean.” – Sir Dennis Byron
Port of Spain, CCJ – The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has signed an Agreement of Cooperation with ACP Legal Association, which is based in Guadeloupe and executes the Organisation for Harmonisation of Business Law in the Caribbean (OHADAC) Project, at the Court’s headquarters in Port of Spain.
The Agreement was signed on behalf of the CCJ by Court President, The Rt Hon Sir Dennis Byron, and on behalf of ACP Legal by its President, Judge Catherine Sargenti. The brief ceremony was witnessed by French Ambassador His Excellency Hédi Picquart.
Under the Agreement, the CCJ in recognising the goals of the OHADAC Project will lend such support as exists within its mandate towards achieving the implementation of a harmonised business law framework in the Caribbean. The OHADAC Project aims to consolidate the economic integration of the entire Caribbean, following similar reforms undertaken in Africa. The Project seeks to facilitate increased trade and promote international investment by providing a unified law and alternative dispute resolution methods. It is the ultimate goal of the harmonisation process to have a unified law that is internationally respected, recognised and utilised.
The signing of the Agreement represents the culmination of discussions between the two organisations following a two-day official visit by a delegation from ACP Legal Association/the OHADAC Project. The delegation consisted of Judge Sargenti, President of ACP Legal and leader of the OHADAC Project; Dr Jean Alain Penda, OHADAC’s Project Manager; and Mr Keats Compton the co-founder of ACP Légal OECS Inc.