“A distinct honour’ – CARICOM SG on Award from the Guyana Government

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CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has been awarded Guyana’s Cacique’s Crown of Honour, the second highest award in the Order of Service of Guyana.

Ambassador LaRocque was named among 69 persons honoured under the Order of Roraima of Guyana and the Order of  Service of Guyana, on the occasion of Guyana’s 51st Anniversary of Independence.  President David Granger announced the appointments during the national flag raising ceremony on Thursday night.

“For me personally it was a significant and tremendous honour to hear the announcement that I have been selected for recognition of the work that is being done on behalf of the Community, here in Guyana. I’ve been in Guyana now for many years so it is a distinct honour” the Secretary-General said.

“Whatever I am doing, it is not me alone.  I have a team that is always there supporting and assisting.  To the extent that the award recognises the work I am doing and what I am trying to achieve in integration for the Community, the award is also  theirs.”

Last year the Secretary-General also received Dominica’s Sisserou Award of Honour, the country’s second highest award, during its 38th Independence Anniversary celebrations.

CARICOM Bureau holds meeting

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CARICOM Chairman, President Granger of Guyana  is hosting a meeting of the Bureau of the Conference, via video conference, from the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, Friday.

The Bureau is a Sub-Committee of the Conference of Heads of Government, comprising the Incoming, Incumbent and Outgoing Chairpersons of the Conference, identified in accordance with the approved Rotation Schedule for the Chairmanship of the Conference.

Its principal responsibilities include:

  • Initiating proposals for development and approval by the Ministerial Councils;
  • Updating the consensus of Member States on issues determined by the Conference. That is,undertaking the necessary preparatory consultations among Member States and other stakeholders to assist Heads of Government in arriving at decisions;
  • Facilitating implementation of Community decisions, both at the regional and local levels, in an expeditious and informed manner; and
  • Providing guidance to the Secretariat on policy issues.

 

CARICOM congratulates Guyana on Independence Anniversary

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has extended warm congratulations to the Government and People of Guyana on the country’s 51st Anniversary of Independence.

Guyana is celebrating this year’s anniversary under the theme Unity in Diversity in a Green Economy.

In message on behalf of the Community, the Secretary-General said the progress made by Guyana over the last five decades was indicative of the determination and resilience of its citizens.

This allied with the country’s natural resources, fertile agricultural lands, and thrust to a green economy, Ambassador LaRocque said, boded well for the nation’s future.

“Guyana has a proud tradition of being a leader in regional integration and has provided leadership to the Community in the area of Agriculture in its role as the country responsible for that sector in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet,” the Secretary-General said.

“The Caribbean Community joins with the Government and People of Guyana in their celebration of this milestone and looks forward to continuing the journey together towards further progress of the country and the Region,” he added.

 

Happy 51st Guyana!

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CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (l) greets President of Guyana H.E. David Granger

Congratulatory Message from the Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

on the occasion of the Fifty-First Anniversary of Independence of Guyana

on 26 May 2017.

 

On behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) I extend warm congratulations to the Government and People of Guyana on the occasion of the 51st Anniversary of the country’s Independence.

Guyana has a proud tradition of being a leader in regional integration and has provided leadership to the Community in the area of Agriculture in its role as the country responsible for that sector in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet.
The progress made by Guyana over the last five decades is indicative of the determination and resilience of its citizens.  This allied with the country’s natural resources, fertile agricultural lands, and thrust to a green economy bodes well for the nation’s future.  This is underscored by the theme for this year’s celebration – Unity in Diversity in a Green Economy.

Guyana has a proud tradition of being a leader in regional integration and has provided leadership to the Community in the area of Agriculture in its role as the country responsible for that sector in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet.

The Caribbean Community joins with the Government and People of Guyana in their celebration of this milestone and looks forward to continuing the journey together towards further progress of the country and the Region.”

 

Small states have critical role to play in global fight against terrorism -President Granger

President David Granger, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Suriname, Ms. Yildiz D. Pollack-Beighle in conversation at the Arab-Islamic-American Summit, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Photo via Ministry of the Presidency)
President David Granger, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Suriname, Ms. Yildiz D. Pollack-Beighle in conversation at the Arab-Islamic-American Summit, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Photo via Ministry of the Presidency)
As the current Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), President Granger said the regional body is a willing ally in the ‘just’ war against terrorism and extremism.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Ministry of the Presidency, May 21, 2017) – President David Granger, (on Sunday), said that global partnerships to combat terrorism cannot exclude small states, since conflict between and within such states, or between a small state and other states, can endanger the peace of all countries.

The Head of State, who was at the time speaking on the side lines of the Arab-Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, said that the majority of the states of the world can be described as small states and, as such, the world cannot be made secure without addressing the threats faced by those countries. “The international community, therefore, must be encouraged to work towards the establishment of a global security system, which would provide protection for small and large states,” the President said.


The Guyanese Leader added that small states like Guyana, lacking the means to combat transnational threats, such as terrorism, must be able to rely on the protection afforded through international cooperation, multilateralism and international law. Small states, he noted, lack the capability to effectively combat transnational security threats on their own and also face environmental threats, such as the adverse effects of climate change and natural disasters, which can have implications for their security. (more…)