Press Release: Fourth Shipment of COVID-19 Vaccines through COVAX

Embassy of the United States of America          100 Duke & Young Streets, Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana         Fourth Shipment of COVID-19 Vaccines through COVAX The U.S. Embassy announces the donation by the United States Government of 100,620 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to fighting the pandemic, as the leading financial donor …

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Celebrating 75 Years of Fulbright: Impact in Guyana and Around the Globe

In 2021, the U.S. Department of State’s flagship international exchange program, the Fulbright Program, celebrates its 75th anniversary and its history of positive impact on individuals, institutions and communities in Guyana, the United States and around the world.  Its legacy is represented by hundreds of thousands of distinguished and diverse alumni, who are contributing to a more peaceful, equitable, prosperous, …

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Art in Embassies Celebrates Cultural Heritage

“Like the United States, Guyana is a mosaic of cultural traditions. Both of our countries have experienced the creative beauty and distinct flavors from different cultures which have contributed to our rich heritage. Embracing and celebrating distinct cultural traditions is a shared value that reinforces our strong bilateral partnership,” said the Ambassador.

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Partnership Operationalized Through Joint Exercises Between U.S. Navy and Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard

The U.S. Naval Ship (USNS) Burlington conducted a joint training exercise with the Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard on September 18. The operation included countering illicit trafficking operations and monitoring techniques. The USNS has been in the region conducting operations with Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname. The USNS Burlington is the U.S. Navy’s 10th Expeditionary …

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USAID Launches Regional Development Cooperation Strategy

Regional Representative, USAID/ESC, Clinton D. White said, “The American people, through USAID, are partnering with the people of the Caribbean to move education, health, economic development, gender equality, climate change resilience, and prosperity forward, so they are able to have opportunities to better their lives and to promote stronger and safer communities.”

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U.S. Donates 146,250 Pfizer Vaccine Doses to Guyana

As President Biden said, “From the beginning of my presidency, we have been clear-eyed that we need to attack this virus globally as well.  This is about our responsibility – our humanitarian obligation to save as many lives as we can – and our responsibility to our values.  We’re going to help lead the world …

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Ambassador Lynch visits Medical Outreach in Mabaruma, Region 1

During her visit to Mabaruma on August 5, Ambassador Lynch praised the collaborative efforts of the international community, Government of Guyana and the local and U.S. based NGOs during the medical outreach. She stated, “It is always so satisfying to see global, bilateral, national, and local experiences and resources come together for the benefit of …

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Nine Guyanese Youth chosen for the 2021 Youth Ambassadors Program

The virtual program brings together outstanding young people between the ages of 15 and 18 from across the Americas for an enrichment program to explore themes such as civic education, leadership, cross-cultural connections, community service, and youth and social transformation through experiential learning activities, leadership training, civic participation at the community level, and mentoring by community, …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Visits Region Nine for Meetings with Community Leaders, Donates School Supplies to Students of St. Ignatius Secondary School

During a recent visit to Lethem and St. Ignatius, Region Nine, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Mark Cullinane met with the Regional Chairman, Guyana Police Force leadership, the Regional Health Officer, the Lethem Town Clerk, the Rupununi Chamber of Commerce, and village leaders.  The Deputy Chief of Mission received a tour of St. Ignatius …

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Under Secretary Victoria Nuland Telephone Meeting with Minister Todd

As part of Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s engagement with key foreign ministers throughout the region, the Under Secretary and Foreign Minister Hugh Todd spoke yesterday, June 21, 2021.  The Under Secretary thanked the Minister for Guyana’s recent vote in the OAS on Nicaragua, and praised the Ali administration for its commitment to transparency …

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USAID Eastern and Southern Caribbean’s Regional Representative Clinton White Visits Guyana

To emphasize the U.S. Government’s focus on regional and government partnerships, climate change, public financial management, and private sector-led growth, USAID Regional Representative Clinton White is in Guyana to meet with government officials, CARICOM representatives, leaders in the business community, youth representatives and members of civil society organizations. This will be Mr. White’s first meeting …

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USAID/ESC Announces Virtual Climate Change Symposium

USAID/ESC’s symposium aims to renew and strengthen existing partnerships in the region by encouraging dialogue and sharing information and opportunities on climate change. With its opening session on June 16, the event will feature representatives from the U.S. Government, CARICOM, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, and other regional organizations. It will conclude in the …

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U.S. Continues its Support of Guyana’s Fight Against COVID-19

This support is in addition to the 62,400 vaccines that Guyana has received through the COVAX Facility, to which the U.S. is the leading donor at $4 billion USD. The Department of Defense has also donated more than $150,000 USD worth of locally procured, personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies, through its Humanitarian Assistance Program.  

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ABCEU Joint Statement: International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

We encourage Guyana’s civil society and political leaders to embark on a process of engagement and change in 2021 with the aim of decriminalizing intimate same sex relations. We understand and respect that countries are at different stages of acceptance and engagement on this issue. Nevertheless, human rights of all persons are universal and indivisible, …

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USAID Announces $3.8 Million in Additional Humanitarian Aid for People Affected By Volcanic Eruption in Saint Vincent

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $3.8 million  in additional humanitarian assistance for people affected by the eruption of La Soufrière volcano on the island of Saint Vincent. This additional support from the United States will provide thousands of people in Saint Vincent with emergency food assistance, access to safe drinking water, …

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U.S. Commitment to Strengthening Electoral Processes

The U.S. Department of State ​is supporting an 18-month project to strengthen the capacity of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and the Attorney General’s Chambers regarding electoral processes, and to encourage civil society organizations (CSOs) to advocate for electoral reform in accordance with regional and international standards. The project will be implemented by the International Republican Institute. Through this …

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Applications Open for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Humphrey Fellowship Program is part of the U.S. continued commitment to the prosperity of Guyana and the region. The program provides a basis for establishing lasting ties between citizens of the United States and their professional counterparts in other countries, fostering an exchange of knowledge and mutual …

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U.S. Military Representatives Visit Guyana for Tradewinds Planning Conference

Tradewinds 2021 will occur in June and will be held at several Guyana locations. All training locations provide opportunities to conduct joint, combined, and interagency partner nation capacity building focused on increasing regional cooperation in complex multinational security operations, as well as in humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations.

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U.S. Support for COVAX

The U.S. welcomes the good news that COVAX completed its first delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to Guyana.  Global crises require global responses, and the United States is proud to have contributed $4 billion to COVAX, the largest commitment globally from a single country. This contribution builds on decades of U.S. investments in global health and global health organizations and demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to build back better …

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Ambassador Lynch visits Medical Training in Region 1

The U.S. Embassy Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) Team conducted a medical training with members of the Guyanese Ministry of Health in Port Kaituma from March 23rd to 24th. The team instructed hospital personnel, teachers, local volunteers, Guyanese police officers, and members of the Guyanese Defence Force about basic trauma care, preventative medicine, women’s health, sex …

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U.S. Commercial Service and U.S. Embassy Host Oil and Gas Webinar, Promote Investment Opportunities in Guyana

The Ambassador emphasized Guyana’s immense commercial opportunities, the importance of connecting with the U.S. Commercial Service and the U.S. Embassy’s Commercial Section, and the role of Guyana’s business support organizations in facilitating foreign direct investment.

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Applications Open for 2021 Youth Ambassadors Program with the Caribbean

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the YAP exchange program is part of the U.S. continued commitment to the prosperity of Guyana and the region. During their exchange, high school students and adult educators from the Caribbean region and the United States will explore themes such as civic education, leadership, cross-cultural connections, community service, …

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USTDA, Caribbean Nations Partner on Energy Procurement

Under the Program, USTDA will lead trainings and study tours both virtually and in the United States on international public procurement best practices and the integration of best value methodologies. Trainings will be carried out in coordination with U.S. expert practitioners with extensive procurement experience in government, the private sector and higher education.

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National Day Message from President Biden

Dear Mr. President: It is my pleasure to send congratulations to the people of Guyana as you celebrate 51 years as a republic on February 23. Guyana is a strong democracy, and I look forward to strengthening our bilateral relationship based on shared principles of good governance, prosperity, and security.  The challenges of COVID-19 affect all of us and make clear that …

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The United States Applauds the Agreement to Establish a Taiwan Office in Guyana

GEORGETOWN – The United States applauds the agreement to establish a Taiwan Office in Guyana.  Deepening ties between Guyana and Taiwan will advance their shared goals of prosperity and security.  Closer ties with Taiwan will advance cooperation and development in Guyana on the basis of shared democratic values, transparency, and mutual respect.

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U.S. and Guyanese Governments Convene Inaugural “Growth in the Americas” Working Group Meeting

The MOU aims to facilitate bilateral collaboration in the areas of finance, energy and infrastructure, and identify ways to catalyze private capital for programmatic and project-specific investment opportunities.  It further seeks to address technical, regulatory, structural, systemic, economic, and financial obstacles, and propose solutions intended to attract the investment necessary to advance Guyana’s prosperity.

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Visiting U.S. Delegation on Economic Investment Opportunities

As a continuing sign of the U.S. commitment to a prosperous Guyana, the Embassy hosted a delegation from the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) on October 13. The delegation, led by CEO Adam Boehler, includes U.S. Department of Treasury Assistant Secretary for International Markets Mitchell A. Silk and other senior officials from the Department …

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USAID Community, Family and Youth Resilience (CFYR) program recognized in closeout event

The CFYR program celebrated its accomplishments during an online closeout event on Monday September 28, which marked its success to reduce youth involvement in crime and violence in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. Fifteen communities in Guyana, Saint Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis were selected as the focus for the program’s activities.   Ambassador Lynch …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Paramaribo, Georgetown, Boa Vista, Bogota, and Plano

In Georgetown, Guyana, Secretary Pompeo will congratulate newly elected president Irfaan Ali and his cabinet, and meet with CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque.  He will reinforce the promise of a values-based U.S. partnership highlighting opportunities for more responsible and transparent private sector investment to increase prosperity for the people of Guyana, particularly in the wake of …

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Building Disaster Resilience in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean

Recognizing the important role that communities play in building resilient countries, USAID is also partnering with the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) under a new activity that started on August 3, 2020 entitled, “Building Community Resilience in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean”. Under this initiative, USAID is contributing USD $1 million to strengthen coastal communities to become …

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U.S. Increases Support for Extractive Sector Transparency

  Embassy of the United States of America 100 Duke & Young Streets, Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana U.S. Increases Support for Extractive Sector Transparency  USAID’s support for transparency and good governance in the extractive sector has been bolstered with an additional $500,000 grant provided for the Guyana Extractives Sector Transparency (GEST) Project. The additional funding increases the …

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JOINT STATEMENT

The Ambassador of the United States of America, H.E. Sarah-Ann Lynch, the British High Commissioner, H.E. Greg Quinn, the Canadian High Commissioner, H.E. Lilian Chatterjee, and the Ambassador of the European Union, H.E. Fernando Ponz-Canto, note that the recount process is coming to a conclusion. We congratulate those who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to …

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U.S. Embassy collaborates with University of Guyana for International Accreditation

Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET) is an internationally recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. Accreditation is a peer-review process that certifies the quality of the postsecondary education and provides assurance that programs meet top-tier global quality standards for engineering.

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The United States Provides Assistance to Guyana to Respond to COVID-19

The United States Government has committed an additional $1.7 million (USD) to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean. The United States, via USAID, is providing life-saving support by coordinating with the Government of Guyana, international humanitarian partners, and other stakeholders to identify priority areas for investment. …

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Funding to Guyana to fight COVID-19

 As part of our ongoing commitment to Guyana through the U.S. Caribbean Resiliency Partnership, the Regional Caribbean Office of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is releasing US$475,000 to help address Guyana’s priority areas of laboratory diagnostics and systems strengthening and supplies, surveillance, infection prevention & control, and emergency operation centers.

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U.S. Diplomats: Why We Champion Democracy

Embassy of the United States of America        100 Young & Duke Streets, Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana            A common criticism of diplomatic statements during politically charged election cycles is that they amount to “foreign interference.”  But in foreign policy, the difference between meddling and practicing good diplomacy is that the latter involves sticking to bedrock principles …

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A Message from U.S. Ambassador Lynch to the People of Guyana

Embassy of the United States of America        100 Young & Duke Streets, Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana        A Message from U.S. Ambassador Lynch to the People of Guyana All eyes are on Guyana this week. I just returned from the worldwide U.S. Ambassador’s conference in Washington and there is great interest in free, fair and peaceful Guyanese …

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U.S. Military Representatives Visit Guyana for Trade Winds Planning Conference

Tradewinds 2020 will occur in June and will be held at several Guyana locations. All training locations provide opportunities to conduct joint, combined, and interagency partner nation capacity building focused on increasing regional cooperation in complex multinational security operations, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations.

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Ambassador Lynch Visits Region Two; All of Guyana in First Year

In line with her commitment to visit all of Guyana’s regions in her first year, Ambassador Lynch made a trip to Region Two January 27-29 and met with the Regional Chairman, the Mayor of Anna Regina, the local chamber of commerce, a local school, and Peace Corps volunteers who serve in the area. “I thoroughly …

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JOINT STATEMENT

We the Heads of Mission of the British High Commission, H.E. British High Commissioner Greg Quinn; Embassy of the United States of America, H.E. Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch; and the Delegation of the European Union, H.E. Ambassador Fernando Ponz, congratulate all those nominated for general and regional elections on 02 March. We also congratulate the Guyana …

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U.S. Sponsors Speaker on ISO 9001-2015 Certification for Guyanese Businesses

In accordance with the U.S. priority to increase trade between the United States and Guyana, the U.S. Embassy sponsored a series of workshops on ISO 9001-2015 certification. Partnering with Centre for Local Business Development in Georgetown, and the Technical Institutes in New Amsterdam and Linden, the Embassy brought Humberto Hernandez from the American Petroleum Institute …

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U.S. Funds Project on Transparency and Good Governance in the Extractive Industries

The discovery of vast offshore oil reserves in 2017 constituted a milestone for the Guyana’s economic prospects and is expected to rapidly propel Guyana’s economy upward. During this transition period, transparency, accountability and good governance will determine Guyana’s ability to responsibly manage its extractive resources and ensure revenues benefit the Guyanese people, and this program …

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U.S. Official Meets with Guyanese Partners in Justice, Security Sectors

Since 2011, the United States invested over 3 million USD to strengthen Guyana’ security and has trained over 500 Guyanese in the fields of financial intelligence, law enforcement, port security, and drug prevention.  Program Advisor Rachel Cook from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the U.S. State Department visited Guyana December …

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U.S. Embassy and AMCHAM Guyana Host Guyanese Senior Citizens for Thanksgiving

“It is a joy to share the tradition with Guyana, whose people treat U.S. diplomats not as foreigners, but with open arms and a warm welcome. The first Thanksgiving celebrated the bounty of the fall harvest just as we celebrate the bounty of our friendships with the people of Guyana”, said the Ambassador.

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Marine Ball Marks 244th Birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.

The U.S. Marine Security Guards marked the occasion of the 244th anniversary of the forming of the United States Marine Corps at the Guyana Marriott Hotel in Georgetown. Ambassador Sarah Ann Lynch was guest of honor and the guest speaker was retired Colonel Brian Chin. Ambassador Lynch hailed the work of the work of the …

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Ambassador Lynch Visits Lethem for Meetings with Region Nine Leaders

Georgetown – In line with the U.S. Embassy commitment to help build capacity in remote areas and strengthen border security, Ambassador Lynch made a trip to Region Nine and met with the Regional Chairman, the Regional Police, a local school, and made a short visit to the Brazil side of the border to meet with …

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U.S. Embassy celebrates World Tourism Day

Under the theme “Sustainable Landscapes and Conservation Tourism” Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch hosted leaders from the tourism and hospitality industries on Thursday, October 10 in observance of World Tourism Day.  In line with the U.S. Embassy commitment to promote sustainable landscapes, Ambassador Lynch recognized the growing importance of the tourism industry’s contributions to Guyana’s future. She …

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Ambassador Lynch Visits Bartica, Region Seven

In line with the U.S. Embassy commitment to help build capacity in remote areas, Ambassador Lynch made a trip to Region Seven and met with officials from the Regional Democratic Council, the Regional Police, the Mayor’s office, and the regional hospital. Ambassador Lynch enjoyed her discussions with regional leaders about the infrastructure, security, green economy, …

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Joint Statement – Guyana Elections Date

JOINT STATEMENT The United States of America Ambassador to Guyana, Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch, United Kingdom High Commissioner to Guyana, H.E. Greg Quinn and the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Guyana, H.E. Ambassador Fernando Ponz Cantó joint statement on the announcement of an Election Date. The United States, United Kingdom, and the European …

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Joint Statement – Guyana Elections

JOINT STATEMENT The United States of America Ambassador to Guyana, H.E. Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch, United Kingdom High Commissioner to Guyana, H.E. Greg Quinn and the European Union Ambassador to Guyana, H.E. Ambassador Fernando Ponz Cantó joint statement on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) proposed elections timeframe. “The United States, United Kingdom and the European Union …

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Ambassador Lynch welcomes Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Guyana

In line with the U.S. commitment to help Guyana efficiently manage the anticipated oil revenues for the benefit of the Guyanese people, U.S. Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch welcomed Fulbright U.S. Scholar Dr. Norman Munroe of Florida International University (FIU) to Guyana to pursue ABET Accreditation of Engineering programs, including the recently introduced Petroleum and Geological Engineering …

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New Peace Corps Volunteers Arrive in Country

Thirty Peace Corps trainees arrived in country this morning, June 04, 2019 to begin their 27-months of service to the people of Guyana.  The new trainees make up the 32nd group of Peace Corps Volunteers to serve in Guyana since 1995; representing 19 out of the 50 United States, with ages ranging from 21 to …

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U.S. Embassy condemns the resolution by the National Assembly to honor a convicted terrorist

The U.S. Embassy in Georgetown condemns the resolution by Guyana’s National Assembly, reportedly honoring the life and work of convicted terrorist Abdul Kadir.  Kadir was sentenced to life in prison in the United States after being found guilty of plotting a 2007 terrorist attack at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.  

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Guyana to Host New Horizons

New Horizons, the U.S. Southern Command’s annual training exercise, kicks off in Linden next month. The three month event will train U.S. military civil engineers and medical professionals, who will work alongside Guyanese military and health professionals in joint humanitarian assistance exercises.

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Three Guyanese Entrepreneurs to Participate in YLAI 2018 Professional Fellows Program

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the 2018 cohort from Guyana for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program.  The program takes place in September and October and will bring 250 young leaders from 36 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States. This year we are …

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New Peace Corps Group Arrives

38 Peace Corps Trainees arrived in country this morning to begin their 27 months of service to the people of Guyana.  The new trainees make up the 31st group of Peace Corps Volunteers to serve in Guyana since 1995, and represent 20 out of the 50 United States, have ages ranging from 21 to 47, …

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Secretary Pompeo Extends Congratulations on Guyana’s Independence Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson On behalf of President Trump and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana on 52 years of independence on May 26.   Today, we celebrate our strong connections.  We look forward to advancing prosperity by helping Guyana develop …

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American Citizen Passport Execution Fee Increase Goes Into Effect April 2

Some American citizens will see a fee increase the next time they apply for their American passports. The change will go into effect worldwide on April 2, 2018. The “passport execution” fee will increase $10, from $25 to the new fee of $35. The new $35 fee is applicable to all first-time passport applicants and …

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Application Period Open for YLAI 2018

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program. YLAI applications are now being accepted at https://ylai.state.gov . Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, YLAI will this year bring 250 young entrepreneurs from the Caribbean and Latin America to …

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Three Guyanese Entrepreneurs to participate in 2017 YLAI Fellows Program

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the Guyana cohort of the 2017 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program .  The five-week program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State , will bring 250 young leaders from 36 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America to the United States to augment their business or social venture plans, learn from U.S. counterparts, and share best practices. …

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Beware of Tender Scam

WARNING  – The U.S. Embassy has been made aware of an ongoing tender scam fraudulently using the Embassy’s name and logos to target businesses for the provision of solar generators and equipment.  If your business receives a tender request from a  “Ronnel Fisher, Tender Section of the Embassy of the United States”  from the following …

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United States Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean

The U.S. Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), submitted a multi-year Caribbean strategy to Congress on June 19 that establishes a framework for enhancing the security and prosperity of the United States and its Caribbean partners.  Considered the “third border” of the United States, the Caribbean is a …

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HAP Conducts Medical Outreach in Linden

The U.S. Embassy’s Humanitarian Assistance Program joined medical professionals from Davis Memorial Hospital in Georgetown, nine dental students from Sacramento, California, and three Guyana-based dental missionaries to conduct a medical outreach program in Linden last week.  Other partners involved in making the successful outreach possible included the Linden Mayor’s Office, the Linden Hospital, the Ministry …

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United States and Guyana Formalize Commitment to YES Program

Guyanese youth who are at risk of involvement in crime and violence will receive greater support and more opportunities for alternative pathways thanks to a recent re-commitment made by the Government of Guyana and the United States Government. Christopher Cushing, the Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Mission Director for the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, and …

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Brigadier General Mike Canzoneri Conducts Sexual Assault Prevention Workshop in Guyana

In observation of “Sexual Assault Awareness Month,” Brigadier General Mike Canzoneri, Commander of the Florida Army National Guard (FLARNG), and a team of subject matter experts this week joined senior leaders in the Guyana military to discuss ways of identifying, reducing, and eliminating sexual assault within the military.  Coast Guard Commander Orin Porter and Guyana …

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USAID and GOG Coordinate Efforts to Measure Impact of YES Program

As part of a larger goal of creating a safer, more prosperous Caribbean Community, efforts are underway to ensure that at-risk Guyanese youth receive maximum benefits from the United States Agency for International Development’s new Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Project. On Thursday, March 16, USAID’s General Development Office Director, Ted Lawrence, and Guyana’s Attorney General, …

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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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U.S. President Donald J. Trump Congratulates Guyana on 47th Republic Day Anniversary

The following letter was sent to President David Granger on behalf of the people of the United States. Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the people of the United States, I congratulate you and the citizens of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana on the occasion of your Republic Day.  As you mark 47 years as …

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U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Visits Guyana

Rear Admiral Martha Herb of the United States Navy called upon Prime Minister Nagamootoo as part of Guyana’s celebration of the Women’s Army Corps.  RADM Herb is in Guyana throughout the weeklong celebration.  Among other topics, the Rear Admiral will be speaking on “the role of women in an evolving armed forces” and “the effects …

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New Peace Corps Trainees Arrive

Thirty-eight Peace Corps Trainees arrived in country yesterday to begin their two years of service to the people of Guyana.  The 30th group of Peace Corps Volunteers to serve in Guyana have begun pre-service training on the Essequibo Coast, living with local host families and learning the Guyanese way of life in the villages of …

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U.S. Marine Security Guard Activated at Embassy Georgetown

Ambassador Perry Holloway today joined Commanding Officer Jennifer M. Farina, Gunnery Sergeant Angel M. Rodriguez, the Marine Security Guard (MSG) Detachment Commander, ranks from the Guyana Defence Force, and members of the diplomatic community in a ceremony steeped in tradition to honor the activation of the MSG Program at Embassy Georgetown. Ambassador Holloway thanked the …

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New Peace Corps Country Director Arrives in Guyana

New Peace Corps Country Director Ms. Kury Cobham arrives in Guyana today replacing outgoing Director Linda Arbogast.  Cobham has more than 15 years of international experience in program design, management, citizen engagement, economic development and capacity building initiatives.  She has worked for multi-lateral, non-governmental and community-based organizations and has expertise in developing, implementing, and monitoring …

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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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USAID SKYE Program in Guyana Successfully Concludes

U.S. Ambassador Perry Holloway joined Government of Guyana Presidential Advisor Aubrey Norton, and other key stakeholders, to recognize the successes of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) Project, and mark the conclusion of the program. In delivering the feature address, Ambassador Holloway lauded the SKYE program, …

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U.S. Embassy Youth Action Network Joins Ministry of Social Protection to Talk TIP

GEORGETOWN–The U.S Embassy’s Youth Action Network, in collaboration with the Anti –Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Unit of the Ministry of Social Protection, sponsored its first public forum on TIP at the Georgetown Club.  This event attracted over forty people and educated participants on the definition of TIP, and how all citizens can actively be involved …

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President Obama’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Includes Four Guyanese Entrepreneurs

GEORGETOWN – President Obama’s 2016  Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)  Fellows Program will bring together 250 young leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean, including four from Guyana, to the United States for an exchange program that will involve internships and skills-building workshops.  President Obama launched YLAI to build linkages between young leaders across the hemisphere and to expand opportunities …

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Guyanese Writer Participates in U. S. International Writing Program

GEORGETOWN – Guyanese writer and Cultural Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Education, Ruel Johnson, has been selected to participate in the International Writing Program (IWP) Fall Residency sponsored by the United States Department of State. Amanda Cauldwell, Public Affairs Officer, congratulated Mr. Johnson for his selection into the prestigious program.  Mr. Johnson, a cultural …

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Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Assessment for Guyana

GEORGETOWN -The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to release the final report for the Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Assessment for Guyana.  The assessment, conducted with the full knowledge of the government, examined political change and democratization in Guyana, analyzed core democracy and governance issues, actors, and institutions in the country …

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UG and Texas Tech Participate in 100,000 Strong in the Americas Program

Funded by a grant from ExxonMobil through President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Program, science students from the University of Guyana and Texas Tech University in100,000 Strong in the Americas Lubbock, Texas were afforded a unique opportunity to learn about enhancing capacities to support the oil and gas sector. In mid-July, UG students traveled …

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American Students, Locals Exchange Culture

On 23 July 2016, representatives from the U.S. Embassy traveled with 32 students and staff from universities around the United States to the Amerindian village of St. Cuthbert. While in the village, the students conducted various exercises in youth leadership and team building with the 70+ school-aged youth in attendance. After some practice with traditional …

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FBI Concludes Intelligence Training in Guyana

The United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigations concluded its 3-day financial and intelligence training in Guyana at the Guyana Police Force Officers’ Training Centre on Thursday, July 21, 2016. The course aimed to provide foreign law enforcement personnel a baseline understanding of how to fully integrate financial intelligence into criminal investigations. Also, …

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Guyana Medical Relief, U.S. Embassy Distribute 30,000 Donated Shoes

The non-profit organization, Guyana Medical Relief, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) has begun distributing over 30,000 pairs of shoes donated by TOMS Shoes Brand. This massive donation was coordinated by Mr. Sharir Chan, the Chief Operations Officer for Guyana Medical Relief, a non-profit organization established in 1984 in Los Angeles, …

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U.S. Presidential Delegation Visits Guyana

Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State Department for Caribbean and Central American Affairs Juan Gonzalez and United States Coast Guard Captain Robert J. Landolfi representing the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard visited Guyana on the occasion of Guyana’s 50thAnniversary of Independence.  The primary purpose of their visit was to serve as President Barack …

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U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Team Visits Guyana

FCC representatives Nese Guendelsberger (Deputy Bureau Chief) and Robert Nelson (Chief Engineer) recently met with Minister of Telecommunications Cathy Hughes and provided technical briefings on a wide variety of topics including spectrum management and allocation, regulatory best practices, and telecommunications regulatory policy.  In addition to Minister Hughes, officials from the National Frequency Management Unit, eGovernance …

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U.S. Embassy Announces Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Professional Fellows Program

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is looking for 250 young entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean to bring to the United States for business and social entrepreneurship training in October and November 2016. The YLAI Professional Fellows will become part of …

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Guyanese Businesswoman Participates in International Visitor Leadership Program

Georgetown – Ambassador Perry Holloway met with Christine Gooding upon her  return from the United States after participating in the Embassy-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) exchange.  Ms. Gooding, founder and co-owner of Market Square (M2) joined twenty-three other female entrepreneurs from various industries across the globe in an IVLP exchange on “Women and Entrepreneurship” …

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Local Businessman Is First Guyanese Participant of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Georgetown – Ambassador Perry Holloway recently met with young Guyanese entrepreneur, Triston Thompson, after Mr. Thompson returned from participating in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) in the United States. During his visit to the U.S., Mr. Thompson got the opportunity to meet with the Secretary of State John Kerry and Assistant Secretary for …

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Guyanese Participate in Exchange Program on Combating Corruption

Georgetown – Ambassador Perry Holloway met with two Guyanese who recently returned from the United States after participating in the Embassy-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) exchange on “Combating Corruption” from March 6 – 16, 2016.   The participants, Mrs. Judy Stuart, Senior Legal Adviser, Ministry of Legal Affairs and Office of the Attorney General Chambers …

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U.S., UK and Canadian Diplomatic Observers Find Local Government Elections Free and Fair

The U.S. Embassy, British High Commission and Canadian High Commission congratulate the Guyanese people on the democratic process that we observed in yesterday’s local government elections. We wish to reiterate our strong and considered opinion that the voting and counting processes in the Guyanese local government elections were free, fair, and credible. Our diplomatic observer …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Suicide Prevention Workshop

Georgetown – As part of cooperative efforts to help Guyana address its troubling suicide rate, the United States Embassy  hosted a suicide prevention workshop on Thursday, March 10, facilitated by two subject matter experts from the Florida Army National Guard. Staff Sergeant Erica Hodges and first Lieutenant Stephanie Matos led a three-hour training session for …

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U.S. Embassy Humanitarian Assistance Program Provides Aid to Region 1 and 7

Georgetown – The U.S. Embassy Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP), collaborating with Regional Government Officials, reached out to isolated indigenous communities throughout Regions 1 and 7 to provide educational aid, clothes and shoe donations, toothbrushes, and medical relief. Donation items were graciously provided by both U.S. and Guyana-based Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), to include Food for the Poor, …

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Applications Open for 2016 Youth Ambassadors Program with the Caribbean

Georgetown – The U.S. Embassy is pleased to invite applications for the 2016 Youth Ambassadors Program (YAP) with the Caribbean.  The Youth Ambassador Program is a three-week cultural and leadership exchange program for public secondary school student leaders to visit the United States.  Through the exchange, participants will develop their leadership skills, strengthen their ability …

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Guyanese Participates in Exchange Program on Children in the U.S. Justice System

Georgetown – Ambassador Perry Holloway met with Guyanese social worker Shaundell Shipley who recently returned from the United States after participating in the Embassy-sponsored International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) exchange program – “Children in the U.S. Justice System” from January 11 – 29, 2016.   Ms. Shipley is the Program Manager of Blossom Inc. and has been …

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American Citizen Services Town Hall Meeting

Georgetown – All U.S citizens living in or visiting Guyana are warmly invited to join us at the Embassy on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. for a Town Hall Meeting. Ambassador Perry Holloway will give remarks and attendees will receive important information about voting in the 2016 U.S elections, updates to the U.S …

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New Peace Corps Volunteers Arrive in Country

Georgetown – Thirty-one Peace Corps trainees arrived in Georgetown last evening, February 2nd, to begin their two years of service to the people of Guyana.  The new trainees make up the 28th group of Peace Corps Volunteers to serve in Guyana, and they will soon begin their pre-service training.  For the next ten weeks of …

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U.S. Embassy Humanitarian Assistance Program

The U.S. Embassy Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) participated in two separate school supply and clothes donations in Linden, Region 10, and Bartica, Region 7, from January 20th to January 22nd. Donations consisted of textbooks, reading materials, teaching aids, notebooks, and various clothing items. All items were generously donated by Food For the Poor, one of …

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U.S. Ambassador Holloway Hands Over Police Training Equipment Through CBSI

The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) Technical Working Group (TWG), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and implementing partner MetroStar Systems, concluded its 3-day training and launch of the Caribbean Police Academy Regional Training Initiative at the Guyana Police Force Officers Training Centre on …

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U.S. Embassy Humanitarian Assistance Program Outreach to Corriverton and Linden

The U.S. Embassy Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP), in collaboration with the Central Islamic Organization of Guyana (CIOG) and Georgetown East Medical Team, conducted a two-day medical outreach in Fyrish, Region 6, from January 16th to 17th. Due to the outstanding efforts of the all-volunteer Medical Team led by Dr. Errol Bassoo, the outreach was able …

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Female Guyanese Participates in Exchange Program on Promoting Peace and Security in the Western Hemisphere

Georgetown – As the United States Department of State celebrates 75 years of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown continues to provide unique opportunities for professional growth through exchanges for many Guyanese citizens.  Ms. Nakisha Allen, Personal Assistant to the Minister of Social Cohesion, at the Ministry of Social Cohesion …

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The University of Guyana Wins ‘100,000 Strong in the Americas’ Funding for Study Abroad with Support from ExxonMobil

The White House, U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced nine new 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grants sponsored by ExxonMobil to support university partnerships and new study abroad programs at an event with Vice President Joe Biden. Among those nine winners was the University …

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U.S. Embassy’s Youth Action Network (YAN) Observes International Volunteer Day with School Outreach

In observance of International Volunteer Day, which was commemorated on December 5, members of the U.S Embassy’s Youth Action Network (YAN) visited four schools in Georgetown to discuss the value and benefit of volunteerism and encourage students to become agents of change in their respective communities and schools. Students attending the sessions expressed a strong …

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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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USAID and CARICOM Sign US$165 Million Agreement

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) signed accords today representing a US$165 million development assistance contribution from the United States Government to the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRoque, and USAID Eastern and Southern Caribbean Mission Director, Christopher Cushing, initialed the five-year Development Objective …

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U. S. Embassy Celebrates International Education Week

Georgetown – As part of observances for International Education Week November 16-20 under the theme of “Access for All”, the U.S. Embassy hosted  a career guidance seminar titled “Launching Your Global Career with STEM” at the Theatre Guild.  The seminar aimed to share information with Guyanese students on career opportunities in the areas of science, technology, …

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U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Representative Shares Best Practices at Aviation Conference

Georgetown – Beverley Drake of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board spoke on the role of aircraft accident and incident investigations in enhancing aviation safety at the recently concluded aviation conference held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre. Ms. Drake, an accomplished pilot and native of Guyana who immigrated to the U.S., has served with …

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Grammy-Nominated Della Mae Brings Bluegrass to Georgetown

Georgetown – The U.S. Embassy proudly introduced the five-member, all-female musical group Della Mae to Georgetown during their October 15-20 visit. Led by U.S. two-time Grand National Fiddle Champion Kimber Ludiker, world-renowned band Della Mae brought the unique sound of bluegrass music to Georgetown. Della Mae came as part of the U.S. State Department’s American …

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U.S. Ambassador Perry L. Holloway Presents Credentials to CARICOM Secretary General LaRocque

Georgetown – Pledging to work with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on a host of issues including economic integration, combatting organized crime, climate change, and energy and other environmental challenges, U.S. Ambassador Perry L. Holloway presented his credentials to CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque today. Ambassador Holloway serves as the Plenipotentiary Representative of the United States …

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U.S. Embassy Welcomes Ambassador Perry Holloway

Ambassador Perry Holloway arrived in Guyana Thursday, September 24th after having been confirmed by the Senate in August.  He was sworn in as Ambassador to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana on September 18, 2015. Ambassador Holloway, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, most recently served as Political-Military Counselor at the …

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Youth Ambassadors from Guyana Participate in Three Week Leadership Exchange Program

Chargé d’Affaires Bryan Hunt met today with six Guyanese secondary school students and one mentor who recently participated in a three-week exchange program to the United States known as the Youth Ambassadors Program (YAP). The theme of this year’s program was “Youth and Social Transformation.”  Representing Guyana were Dolly Chambers, Ashraf Dabie, Joashaha Drakes, Nareema …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Youth Action Network Leadership Conference and Service Day in Berbice

Georgetown – The U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section held its annual Youth Action Network Leadership Conference over the weekend of August 21-22 at the St. Francis Development Center in Port Mourant, Berbice. Twenty members of the Embassy’s Youth Action Network (YAN) teamed up with approximately twenty-five youth from Regions 5 and 6 for the two- …

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U.S. Embassy Welcomes First Fulbright U.S. Scholar in Twenty Years

Georgetown – U.S. Embassy Georgetown is pleased to welcome Fulbright U.S. Scholar, Jennifer Hoyte to Guyana. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Bryan Hunt, met with Ms. Hoyte on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, and expressed his appreciation to the Fulbright Program for the reactivation of the program in Guyana after a 20-year hiatus. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program …

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Guyana Police Force Receives Training Through U.S. Caribbean Basin Security Initiative

Georgetown –   The U.S. Department of Justice and the Guyana Ministry of Public Security are working together to provide training to the Guyana Police Force Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) Police Integrity Program.  This joint project is designed to strengthen OPR initiatives in CBSI police agencies including Dominica, …

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Camp GLOW Brightens Girls’ Lives

Georgetown:  The U.S. Embassy partnered with the Ministry of Health last week to conduct a blood drive at the Embassy.  The Guyana National Blood Bank relies on voluntary donations of blood from generous civic minded people to ensure safe blood is available when needed to save a life.  A near record forty-five  (45) units of …

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U.S. Embassy Teams Up with the Castellani House to Observe Emancipation Day

Georgetown – As Guyana observes Emancipation Day on August 1st,  the U.S. Embassy and the Castellani House are presenting a critically acclaimed film about the civil rights movement in the United States.  Guyana and the United States share a common bond in the struggle for freedom.  In Guyana, the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 ended slavery …

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Eid ul-Fitr Message

The U.S Embassy in Georgetown wishes to extend Eid-ul-Fitr greetings to all Muslims in Guyana and around the world as they mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. We congratulate all Muslims on their intense devotion, reflection, service, and spiritual rejuvenation achieved during the month of Ramadan. One of the many common bonds …

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Consular Affairs Visa Printing

Georgetown – The Bureau of Consular Affairs in the United States continues to experience technical problems with our visa systems. This is a global issue, and we are working around the clock to fix it. More than 100 computer experts from both the private and public sectors across the United States are working on this …

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U. S. Embassy to Host U.S. College Fair

Georgetown – On June 16, 2015, the U.S. Embassy will host a College Information Fair at Queen’s College in Georgetown starting at 16:00 hours.  Alumni from fifteen U.S. universities will be available to answer questions and share their experiences about studying in the United States.  There will also be an opportunity to learn about financial …

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U.S. Embassy’s Security Cooperation Office Partners with GDF on Exchange

Georgetown – The U.S. Embassy Security Cooperation Office, together with representatives from the Florida National Guard, conducted a Non Commissioned Officer and Officer Leadership subject matter expert exchange with the Guyana Defence Force.  The exchange took place at the Guyana Defence Force Base Camp Stephenson on June 2-5, 2015.  The event covered a myriad of …

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USAID SKYE Program Trains Probation Officers and Youth Officers in Coaching Methodology

Georgetown – The USAID Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) program in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Protection and the Ministry of Education (Department of Culture, Youth and Sports) conducted a two day training program for officers from both ministries in the SKYE Program’s Coaching methodology, which concluded on Friday, June 5th2015. The …

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Elections in Guyana

Statement by Marie Harf, Deputy Spokesperson Washington -The United States congratulates ‎the people of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana on holding successful elections on May 11.  We look forward to working with newly-elected President David Granger and all those who were also elected to office.  We also look forward to supporting President Granger’s efforts to promote inclusive governance …

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Joint Statement: Guyana Has Had a Free and Fair Election

Dr. Nicole Giles, High Commissioner, Canadian High Commission Gregory Quinn, High Commissioner, British High Commission Bryan Hunt, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Georgetown – The Embassy of the United States of America and the High Commissions ‎of the United Kingdom and Canada wish to reiterate our strong and considered opinion that the voting and tabulation processes in …

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U.S. Embassy Stands by its Assessment of Free, Fair, and Credible Electoral Process

Georgetown – The United States Embassy is in receipt of the recent allegations made by the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and has looked into the claims. Nothing contained therein changes our baseline assessment of the electoral process. Based on our observations of the polling, counting, and tabulation process and the conclusions reached by other international …

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After the Polls: A Time for Patience

The U.S. Embassy congratulates the Guyanese people on the democratic process that we observed in yesterday’s elections. It was heartening to witness the enthusiasm with which Guyanese voters participated in the electoral process which will ultimately choose their next government. The Guyana Elections Commission has once again done a credible job in ensuring that this …

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GDF Officer Cadet receives appointment to United States Military Academy

On Monday, April 20th, a small ceremony was held at Base Camp Stephenson, where a Guyana Defense Force Officer Cadet was presented a certificate of appointment to the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.  Officer Candidate Britany Van Lange, of Georgetown, received her appointment from U.S. Embassy Georgetown’s Senior Defense Official, LCDR …

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New Peace Corps Volunteers Arrive in Country

Forty-three Peace Corps trainees arrived in Georgetown yesterday (last evening) to begin their two years of service to the people of Guyana.  The new trainees make up the 27th group of Peace Corps Volunteers to serve in Guyana, and they will soon begin their pre-service training.  For the next twelve weeks of training, trainees will …

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U.S. Embassy and American Music Abroad Program Bring QVLN and OVEOUS to Guyana

The U.S. Embassy, in conjunction with the American Music Abroad Program within the Department of State, is pleased to announce a visit by musical artists OVEOUS and QVLN.   The musicians are in Georgetown conducting music and poetry writing workshops, visiting a local orphanage, and they will travel to Berbice to give a concert at the …

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U.S. Embassy Humanitarian Assistance Program Outreach to Corriverton and Linden

The U.S. Embassy Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) team participated in multiple outreach programs for underprivileged residents of Corriverton and Linden.  Donations consisted of footwear, books, food, clothing, blankets, and sports equipment.  Items were generously donated by organizations such as Food for the Poor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and United States non-governmental …

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Female Guyanese Participates in International Visitor Leadership Program on Women’s Issues

Chargé d’Affaires Bryan Hunt met with Miriam Jainarine upon her return from the United States after participating in an Embassy-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) exchange.  Ms. Jainarine, Project Coordinator of Mibicuri Community Developers – Black Bush Polder, participated in an IVLP exchange on “Capacity Building to Empower Girls,” from March 2 – 20, 2015.  …

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Applications Open for 2015 Youth Ambassadors Program with the Caribbean

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2015 Youth Ambassadors Program (YAP) with the Caribbean.  The Youth Ambassador Program is a three-week cultural and leadership exchange program for public secondary school student leaders to visit the United States.  Through the exchange, participants will develop their leadership skills, strengthen their ability to serve their communities; …

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U.S. Embassy’s Security Cooperation Office State Partnership Program

Georgetown – Last week the United States Embassy’s Security Cooperation Office, along with representatives from the Florida National Guard, conducted a subject matter expert exchange on Sexual Harassment Assault and Response Prevention (SHARP) with the Guyana Defence Force.  The exchange took place at the Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard Base at Ruimveldt from February 10-12.  …

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Guyana Shines: Keep Guyana Beautiful Participates in Keep America Beautiful 62nd National Conference

Georgetown –  Program Managers for the “Guyana Shines: Keep Guyana Beautiful” project – Orin Phillips and Dexter Gonsalves – participated in the 2015 Keep America Beautiful (KAB) National Conference in Washington, D.C. from January 27 -29, 2015.  During the conference presenters, equipped with new ideas and proven solutions to challenging community problems, sought to provoke new …

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Joint Statement on President Ramotar’s Announcement of National and Regional Elections

Dr. Nicole Giles, High Commissioner, Canadian High Commission Andrew Ayre, High Commissioner, British High Commission Bryan Hunt, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Georgetown – The United States of America, Canada, and the United Kingdom welcome President Ramotar’s announcement that national and regional elections will be held in Guyana on May 11, 2015.  Elections are a critical first-step …

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