Meeting with Queen, Caribbean Council’s reception atop President Granger’s agenda on UK visit

Guyana_President-David-Granger-profileGeorgetown, Guyana – (April 23, 2017) President David Granger has departed Guyana for a visit to the United Kingdom from April 24-28, 2017, where he will have an audience with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to his meeting with the Queen at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, the Head of State will also attend the Caribbean Council’s Annual Reception at the House of Lords.

The President will deliver an address at that reception, which will be held on Tuesday evening, along with the Rt Hon. Lord Bruce of Bennachie, Minister of State, Baroness Anelay and Dr. Angus McCoss, Exploration Director at Tullow Oil.

The Annual Reception provides an opportunity for Members of Parliament, Peers, High Commissioners, Ambassadors, members of the UK civil service, non-governmental organisations, members of the Caribbean diaspora and businesses invested in or interested in investing in the Caribbean Region to network, with a view to supporting the Region’s economic development.

President Granger, who is accompanied on the visit by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge, will also meet with members of the UK Government, the British business community and the Guyanese diaspora in London. (Ministry of the Presidency Press Release)

Caribbean, EU share similar goals for peace, economic integration – CARICOM Chair

President David Granger observes one of the photographs that were part of the display at the reception (Photo via Ministry of the Presidency)
President David Granger observes one of the photographs that were part of the display at the reception (Photo via Ministry of the Presidency)

Georgetown, Guyana – (April 6, 2017) President David Granger, Wednesday evening, said that international peace and economic integration were the ultimate goals of the Caribbean; goals, which he acknowledged were shared by the European Union, and were the basis upon which the signing of the Treaty Establishing the European Economic Community (TEEEC), also called the Treaty of Rome, occurred 60 years ago.  The President, was at the time, speaking at the Photographic Exhibition and Cocktail Reception in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, held at the Umana Yana in Georgetown.

“The Caribbean today, like Europe 60 years ago, yearns for peace.  The Caribbean seeks international peace, which is characterised by a dignified and secure life for our peoples.  It seeks economic progress, which is undergirded by special consideration to the needs and vulnerabilities of small-island developing and low-lying coastal states such as Guyana,” the President said.

While congratulating the European Union (EU) on its 60th Anniversary, the President, who is the current Chair of the Caribbean Community, said that those common goals also saw the Caribbean, which is part of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), entering into mutually beneficial, preferential agreements with Europe.

“The Caribbean, as party to successive Lomé conventions and signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, looks forward to building on four decades of ACP-EU relations,” the President said.

Read more at: Government Information Agency

CARICOM Chairman condemns acts of terror in UK, Russia

Chair of CARICOM, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana
Chair of CARICOM, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana

Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) His Excellency Brigadier (ret) David Granger, President of Guyana, has condemned the bombing of the train in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Chairman, in a letter to His Excellency Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, in decrying this “latest terrorist assault on innocent citizens,” said the “unremitting slaughter of innocent people regardless of the objective can never be justified.”

President Granger, in similar vein to sentiments expressed last month in a letter to British Prime Minister, the Honourable Theresa May following the terrorist incident in London, aligned the Community “with all efforts aimed at the eradication of the scourge of terrorism.”

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Caribbean states must combine resources, expertise – President Granger on first day of official visit to The Bahamas

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“We are a blessed Region. We are not some sort of monochromatic image to the rest of the world. I am convinced that if we can combine our talents and resources, we can offer a world class product.” – President David Granger
(March 2, 2017) President David Granger, who arrived in The Bahamas on an official visit, this afternoon said that much of the economic and unemployment problems facing the Region can be solved if Caribbean States work to combine their resources, talents and expertise. The Head of State made these remarks, during an interview with ZNS News of the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, following a meeting with the Governor General of that country, Dame Marguerite Pindling.

Describing the visit as an economic mission, the President, who is accompanied by is accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge, Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Noel Holder and Minister of Business, Mr. Dominic Gaskin, said that Guyana has the resources, while The Bahamas has the capital and successful tourism and financial sectors that lessons can be learnt from. He believes that combining these factors can mean economic benefit for both countries and that similar economic relations among other Caribbean States can bear similar fruit.

“We are talking about a world class community and we need to continue to work in the Caribbean Community to make better use of these resources… Much of what you need here in the Bahamas, I am sure can be produced in the mainland states [Guyana, Belize and Suriname],” he said.

Read more at: Ministry of the Presidency