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…)

CDF Head calls on President Granger

President David Granger and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Development Fund, Mr. Rodinald Soomer at State House (Photo via Ministry of the Presidency)
President David Granger and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Development Fund, Mr. Rodinald Soomer at State House (Photo via Ministry of the Presidency)

Ministry of the Presidency, Georgetown, Guyana, May 3, 2017 – President David Granger, (on Wednesday), met with Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Development Fund (CDF), Mr. Rodinald Soomer, who lauded Guyana for its excellent track record in paying its contribution to the organisation as well as implementation of development projects. The meeting was held at State House.

The CDF is a 12-member body established under Article 158 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas signed in January 2001. The Agreement Relating to the Operations of the Fund was signed in July 2008 and the CDF began operating in August 2009. Its objective is to assist its members to maximise the benefits arising from participation in the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) by reducing intra-regional disparities through effective partnerships and the provision of financial and technical assistance. Its members include Guyana, Suriname, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

Last year, Guyana signed its second financing agreement for a blended loan facility with the CDF valued at US$10,432,263.

ACS Secretary-General pays courtesy call on President

Political Adviser to the Secretary-General, Ms. Tricia Barrow, President David Granger, ACS Secretary-General, Dr. June Soomer and Conference and Protocol Officer, Ms. Patricia Phillip-Boodoosingh (Photo via Ministry of the Presidency)
Political Adviser to the Secretary-General, Ms. Tricia Barrow, President David Granger, ACS Secretary-General, Dr. June Soomer and Conference and Protocol Officer, Ms. Patricia Phillip-Boodoosingh (Photo via Ministry of the Presidency)

Ministry of the Presidency, Georgetown, Guyana, May 3, 2017 – President David Granger was, today, paid a courtesy call by Secretary-General of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Dr. June Soomer, the first woman to head the regional organisation, who assumed office last year. She was accompanied by her Political Adviser, Ms. Tricia Barrow and Conference and Protocol Officer, Ms. Patricia Phillip-Boodoosingh.

During their meeting, Dr. Soomer updated the Head of State on some of the policy adjustments that are being made and projects that have been initiated under her leadership. She also raised a number of concerns and the President said he will ask for those matters to be placed on the agenda for discussion at the upcoming Meeting of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in July.

“Given the number of Anglophone Caribbean States in the ACS, I think we can play a more integral role…There must be a mechanism in place for engaging the Anglophone Caribbean,” the Head of State said.

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.

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