Op-Ed: National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

By United States Ambassador Perry L. Holloway Caribbean-Americans have defined U.S. history.  From distinguished leaders such as Colin Powell of Jamaican heritage and Shirley Chisholm of Bajan and Guyanese ancestry, to legends in the arts and sciences like Derek Walcott of St. Lucia and Dr. Patricia Bath of Trinbagonian lineage, descendants of the Caribbean have ...
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Card Readers to Help Improve Port Security

Since 2010, the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) has provided over $437 million in funds for training and equipment in the Caribbean.  Today’s handover of equipment to Guyana’s Maritime Administration is yet another piece of technical assistance designed to help ensure our mutual security in the region. More so than perhaps any other industry, maritime ...
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Ambassador Holloway Addresses Civil Society Leadership Workshop

This project is the local version of PEPFAR’s Local Capacity Initiative. Established in Guyana in 2015, this initiative aims to strengthen the sustainability of national HIV and AIDS responses, through increased advocacy by local Civil Society Organizations. The project directly supports 38 Guyanese Civil Society Organizations that advocate for key and vulnerable populations.
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Op-Ed: Protecting Intellectual Property – Incentivizing Economic Growth, Creativity, and Progress

By United States Ambassador Perry L. Holloway Every year on April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that patents, trademarks, and copyright play in promoting innovation, creativity, and progress.  As we celebrate this year under the worldwide theme “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity,” we recognize the ingenuity ...
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Donation of Equipment to Guyana Police Force’s Strategic Planning Unit

Let me begin by thanking the British High Commission and the Strategic Planning Unit (SPU) for organizing today’s event.  I’m honored to be here today to make this equipment donation to the Strategic Planning Unit on behalf of the United States Government. This donation valued at almost US$20,000 is just one of the most recent ...
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Op-Ed: Prioritizing a Sovereign Wealth Fund – Preparing for Prosperity Now

Let us be clear.  When I speak of a sovereign wealth fund, I am talking about a fund that will immediately begin to invest in education, health, infrastructure, agriculture, and security.  I am referring to a concerted effort by all stakeholders to start a continuous conversation on how best to implement fiscal plans that directly ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Holloway at CariSECURE National Task Force Launch

It is my pleasure to represent the United States Government at today’s launch of the CariSECURE National Task Force.  The Task Force has a critical role to play in contributing to the reduction of crime and violence in Guyana and the region as a whole. The Caribbean Citizen Security Toolkit implementation represents in depth collaboration ...
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Launch of Consultations to Develop SOPs to Investigate and Prosecute Cases of Human Trafficking

I’m pleased to be here today.  This workshop marks yet another step by the Government of Guyana towards combating human trafficking in Guyana.  The government has had a busy year countering human trafficking, starting with the launch of the TIP Plan of Action for 2017 through 2018.  The development of standard operating procedures to strengthen ...
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U.S. Embassy Donates Bicycles to Guyana Police Force

The United States Department of State through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) assists countries around the world in strengthening the capacity of their law enforcement and supports their efforts to promote the rule of law. On behalf of INL, I am delighted to be here today to underscore the United States’ ...
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Training for Financial Intelligent Unit on iBase Software

Minister of Finance, Mr. Winston Jordan Mr. Matthew Langevine, Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit Other distinguished guests Ladies and gentlemen Good Morning.  It is my pleasure to be here today to announce that the United States Government, through the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, is supporting Guyana’s Financial ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates 241st Independence Anniversary

I am normally not overly protocol conscious, nor too long, but tonight is a special night and this is the one event where I make an exception, so bear with me. His Excellency President David A. Granger and the charming First Lady Sandra Granger Ex-Presidents Donald Ramotar, Bharrat Jagdeo, and Samuel Hinds Hon. Prime Minister ...
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Ambassador Holloway addresses graduates of Georgetown International Academy

Dr. Kelly Mekdeci Members of the Board of Directors Faculty Parents Extended Family Special invitees and most importantly, GIA Graduates I am very pleased to be here this evening as we celebrate this important achievement in your lives.  Congratulations.  Let’s give the graduates, and their parents and teachers another well-deserved round of applause. It wasn’t ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Holloway at CX Guyana 2017 Familiarization Tour

Remarks by Ambassador Holloway at Guyana Office for Investment and Nearshore Americas CX Guyana 2017: Discovery and Familiarization Tour ( As Prepared) Salutations: Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin Minister of Public Telecommunications Cathy Hughes Chief Executive Office of the Guyana Officer for Investment Owen Verwey Representative from Nearshore Americas Kirk Laughlin Members of the Private Sector Distinguished Guests Thank ...
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Women’s Conference: Empowered Leadership in 2017–Unleash Your Promise and Potential

As this is a conference about Empowered Leadership and Unleashing Promise and Potential, particularly among women, I am reminded of a quote from one of America’s great female authors, Ayn Rand, who wrote in Atlas Shrugged, “The question is not who is going to let me; (pause) it is who is going to stop me?”
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Op-Ed: International Women’s Day – Be Bold for Change

By United States Ambassador Perry L. Holloway International Women’s Day is a globally recognized day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.  The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.  Observed since the early 1990s, International Women’s Day celebrates the collective responsibility of governments, NGOs, charities, corporations, academic ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Perry Holloway at Lion’s Guyana’s 44th Anniversary of the Lion’s Club

I am delighted to be here this evening to help celebrate the 44th anniversary of Guyana’s Lions Club, and the 100th anniversary of the founding of this great organization. Created in the United States in 1917 by Melvin Jones, the Lions Club serves the poor, elderly, and underserved and truly lives up to its mission ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Perry Holloway at Law Books Handing Over Ceremony

Good Morning, I’m honored to be here on behalf of the U.S. Embassy and the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to conclude a project which was started a year ago. My government holds dear the right of citizen’s access to justice, and respect for the rule of law.  ...
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U.S. Embassy Donates Law Books to Judiciary

Ambassador Perry Holloway this morning turned over 56 law books valued at more than US$25,000 to the Honorable Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl Singh. The donation complements the U.S. Embassy’s ongoing project “Strengthening the Criminal Justice System in Guyana,” launched in September 2016, funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement within ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Perry Holloway at Closeout of USAID Youth and Citizens’ Participation Project

Good afternoon. I’m pleased to be present today to acknowledge the outstanding work of the United States Government’s Youth and Citizens’ Participation project over the past 12 months.  As a friend of Guyana, the U.S. Government is pleased to support citizens’ education for Guyana’s first local government elections in 22 years and the efforts to ...
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Op-Ed: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Ambassador Perry L. Holloway

This year’s holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. coincides with the final week of the presidency of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, and the first African-American to lead the executive branch of the U.S. government in our 240-year history.  Despite holding this tremendous honor, President Obama said in his farewell ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Perry Holloway at the Launch of USAID/Youth Empowerment Services Project

Good Morning.  Thank you for joining us here today.  I’m very happy to participate in the launch of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Youth Empowerment Services (YES) project here in Guyana.  The U.S. government is pleased to continue its many years of work in the area of citizen security here in Guyana ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Perry Holloway As USAID/SKYE Program Concludes

    It is a pleasure to be here today representing the U.S. Government at the formal close out of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment, also known as the SKYE project.  As you have heard, since its inception in 2011, SKYE has achieved important results and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Perry Holloway: U.S. Election Night

Hon. Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo Hon. Ministers of Government Members of Parliament Members of the Diplomatic Corps Members of the Private Sector, Civil Society and the Uniformed Services Staff of the US Embassy Distinguished Guests Thank you for joining us on this very special night when we celebrate democracy in action.  Throughout the day and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Perry Holloway: Peace Corps Guyana Swearing in Ceremony – GUY 29

  Vice President and Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs Sydney Allicock; Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman; Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Peace Corps Country Director Linda Arbogast; Peace Corps Volunteers; Members of the Media; Distinguished Guests. On behalf of President Obama and the U.S. Embassy in Guyana, I thank you all for coming to ...
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Support for Guyana’s candidacy to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

I am pleased to be here today to formally announce U.S. efforts to support the Government of Guyana to prepare for the submission of its candidacy to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, or EITI. The United States Embassy is proud to provide the Carter Center with a grant in the amount of $297,000 US dollars ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Holloway: Announcement to rehabilitate the iconic Stabroek Market Clock

I am very happy to be here today to officially announce our joint effort to rehabilitate and upgrade the iconic Stabroek Market Clock. Through funding in the amount of $41,000 US dollars, or 8.2 million Guyanese dollars, Embassy Georgetown and the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, we are pleased to announce formal approval of ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Holloway: Close Out of Supply Chain Management System Project

Working with the Ministry, the SCMS project, developed computerized systems for requesting, tracking, storing, and distributing all the Ministry of Public Health’s drugs and supplies. This system has the ability to track every product and transaction from the time the product is received at the warehouse to the time it is sent to a health ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Perry Holloway: “Strengthening the Criminal Justice System in Guyana”

I am pleased to be here today on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (commonly known as INL) and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative to formally launch the implementation of the “Strengthening the Criminal Justice in Guyana” Program. We are very proud to facilitate this program ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Perry Holloway: Ministry of Communities SLED Fund Award Ceremony

The SLED objectives are consistent with the U.S. government’s development efforts in Guyana, particularly those pursued under the $7.7 million USAID Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) program.  This was the central reason for the establishment of a partnership between SLED and the SKYE program.  
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Remarks by Ambassador Perry Holloway at the Graduation Ceremony, Georgetown International Academy

I am very happy to join you this evening in celebrating the great milestone reached today by the young men and women gathered here.  While we recognize a great achievement in your lives, we can also look at today as the beginning of another chapter in your book of life. As Don Williams, Jr. once ...
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Earth Day 2016: No Turning Back in the Global Fight against Climate Change

By: Ambassador Perry Holloway Georgetown – As people around the globe observe Earth Day today, world leaders are making history at the United Nations in New York.  Over 100 countries will sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, representing their commitment to join it formally.  This marks a turning point in the story of our planet ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Perry Holloway: Keynote Speech – Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development Association

President Ramroop Rajnauth Senior Vice President Ryan Alexander Junior Vice President Rafeek Kassim Other Distinguished Officers of the Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development Honored Guests Members of the Media Thank you for your kind invitation to join you this afternoon.   My wife Rosaura and I are grateful for the opportunity to be here today.  ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Perry Holloway: Women in Politics

Members of Parliament, Newly Elected Local Government Officials, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Distinguished Guests, Members of the Press Corps Ladies and Gentlemen, Tonight, during Women’s History Month, we honor Guyanese “Women in Politics.”  It is fitting that on the heels of the first local government elections in over twenty years –elections that were free, ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Bryan Hunt: Review of Cybercrime Legislation

The Honorable Basil Williams, Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Distinguished Guests, Members of the Press Corps, Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for your kind invitation to be here today to discuss one of most complicated and dangerous issues of our time:  Cybercrime.  It is clearly one of the greatest ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Bryan Hunt: Silence Hides Violence – Speak Out

First Lady, Ms. Sandra Granger The Honorable Volda Lawrence, Minister of Social Protection, Mr. David Armogan, Regional Chairman, Indranie Autur, Programme Manager, Roadside Baptist, Other Distinguished Guests, Members of the Press Corps, Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you so much for your kind invitation to be here today.  I am honored to be here among such ...
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Op-Ed: U.S. Embassy Recognizes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

By U.S. Ambassador Perry L. Holloway The world community joins us today, November 25th, in recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW).  It is a time to renew our commitment to end this scourge and to stand in solidarity with women and girls who have been victimized. Millions of people ...
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Talking Points as Prepared – Ambassador Perry Holloway: CARICOM Secretariat DOAG Signing Ceremony

It is an honor to represent the United States Government in this signing ceremony that symbolizes the strong continued partnership between the United States and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). It also underlines our shared commitment to promoting resilient, prosperous, and secure Eastern and Southern Caribbean nations through pragmatic partnerships. As part of this shared commitment, ...
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Remarks as Prepared – Ambassador Perry Holloway: USAID SKYE Grant Award Ceremony

Honorable Minister Nicolette Henry; Members of the Private Sector; Special Invitees; Ladies and Gentlemen; Good Morning. I am honored to participate in this event today and to recognize the talent, commitment, and creativity of the outstanding young entrepreneurs gathered here. It is gratifying to know that the grants provided by my government played a role ...
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Remarks As Prepared: Ambassador Perry L. Holloway Keynote Speech – Consultative Association of Guyanese Industry (CAGI) Ltd. Dinner

Chairman Yesu Persaud Consultant Adviser Mr. Samuel J. Goolsarran Honored Guests Members of the Media Thank you for your kind invitation to join you this evening.  My wife Rosaura and are grateful for the warm welcome we have received from all of you, and the wonderful people of Guyana. I am honored to be among ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Perry L. Holloway – Presentation of Credentials to CARICOM Secretary General

His Excellency, the CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, His Excellency, the CARICOM Assistant Secretary General for Foreign and Community Relations, Ambassador Colin Granderson, Distinguished Members of the CARICOM Secretariat, Honored Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, The United States of America and the nations of the Caribbean have a long history of cooperation on issues critical ...
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