American Chamber of Commerce Officially Launched in Guyana

One of my goals when I first arrived in Guyana was to support the launch of an American Chamber of Commerce in Guyana.  However, I honestly was not sure whether there would be enough interest.  I want to commend AmCham-Guyana’s leadership and other supporters within Guyana’s private sector, who took this initiative from concept to ...
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242nd Independence Day Celebration – “Guyana – Past, Present, and Future”

On behalf of President Trump, the United States Government, the United States Embassy in Guyana, myself, my beautiful wife Rosaura, my son Nicholas who is here visiting, and my daughter Paula who is in Miami, we thank you all for coming today for this 242nd  celebration of the Independence of the United States of America.  ...
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Ambassador Holloway Launches USAID Local Capacity for Local Solutions Projects

It is my pleasure to represent the United States Government at today’s launch of the “Local Capacity for Local Solutions” Project. This U.S. Embassy-supported US$8 million dollar initiative represents an ongoing partnership with Guyana and the nine other countries of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean region. It also demonstrates our collective commitment to promote more ...
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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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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires on the Importance of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for Prosperity

I am pleased to be here today on behalf of the U.S. Embassy to welcome you to the beginnings of a conversation on the importance of intellectual property rights (IPR) for the development of Guyana’s economy and the protection of its cultural patrimony. Before we begin, I want to thank Minister of Public Telecommunications Catherine ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires at Regional Seminar for National Drug Observatories in the Caribbean

I am pleased to be here today to open this national drug observatories seminar.  As you know, drug observatories perform three simple roles: (1) collection and monitoring of data; (2) analysis and interpretation of that data; and then (3) reporting and disseminating information to local, regional, and international stakeholders.  Although they sound simple and straightforward, ...
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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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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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NBA Sports Envoy Program holds Sports Clinic

When we play team sports, we learn the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, learning from mistakes, respect for rules and authority, perseverance, how to win gracefully, and how to lose with dignity. These lessons go far beyond the playing field. Indeed, sports are among the best tools we have today to help children and young people ...
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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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Deputy Chief of Mission Swears in Peace Corps Volunteers

Though times have changed, the Peace Corps continues to evolve and adhere to the goals of its founding: helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of peoples served, and helping promote a better understanding of other peoples ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Terry Steers-Gonzalez at the Inaugural Guyana Oil and Gas Conference and Expo 2017

  Back in December, at the Guyana Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (GCCI) Annual Gala, it was my privilege to last share the stage with Minister Trotman.  He announced at that event the great advances several industries – gold, diamonds, bauxite – had made in 2016 and committed to put before the government in early ...
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INL Hand-Over Ceremony for Desktop Explosives Detection Scanners

I am delighted to be here today on behalf of the Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, to show the United States’ ongoing commitment to strengthening airport security in Guyana. It is with great pleasure I announce that the U.S. Government is providing over US$90,000 ...
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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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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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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission at GCCI’s Annual Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony: “Petroleum: Stewarding Prosperity in the Future Guyana”

Thank you and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) for the opportunity to address all of you on such a special occasion. As one of the oldest organizations in Guyana representing the private sector, GCCI and its members are in a prime position to advocate for the growth of Guyana’s economy and the ...
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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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Remarks by Ambassador Perry Holloway: “Advancing Transparency and Accountability in Guyana’s Extractive Industries”

Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, performing the functions of Prime Minister Carl Greenidge Hon. Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman Hon. Ministers of Government Members of the Diplomatic Corps Members of the Private Sector Members of the Press Distinguished Guests, I am pleased to be here today to formally announce U.S. efforts to support the ...
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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 Deputy Chief of Mission at his Welcome Reception

I am humbled to be here tonight and would like to thank Ambassador  and Mrs. Holloway for opening up their home and hosting this wonderful reception. I would also like to thank you all for coming.  I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you on courtesy calls, and I look forward to working ...
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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 DCM – Terry Steers-Gonzalez: African American History Film Series

“ We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.  The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.”
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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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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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