USSOUTHCOM, Guyana Defence Force Increase Cooperation in the Cyber Domain

As part of the United States’ and Guyana’s continuing military-to-military partnership, December 5-7, United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), Florida Air National Guard, and interagency personnel met with the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) to assess its military communications network and to discuss emerging threats in the cyber and 5G domains. The participants discussed how the GDF ... Read More»

U.S. Government and Guyana’s Judiciary Launch Automated Court Case Management System to Modernize Court Operations

Today’s CCMS launch marks a milestone for the judiciary and the citizens of Guyana and highlights the vital role of the courts in upholding the rule of law in Guyana.  As a member of the CCMS Consortium comprised of countries in the region and abroad, the Judiciary of Guyana will benefit significantly from a cost ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Theriot at Multi-Purpose Facility Handover to the Guyana Civil Defence Commission

In the spirit of community and innovation, the U.S Embassy, through the U.S. Southern Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program and in coordination with Deployed Logix, is pleased to present the Guyana Civil Defence Commission with this incredible deployable multi-purpose facility.  This mobile field hospital equips the Guyana Civil Defence Commission with the tools and resources it ... Read More»

U.S. Army, Guyana Defence Forces Strengthen Military Partnership

The U.S. and Guyana enjoy a longstanding security partnership marked by strong collaboration between SOUTHCOM and the GDF that is focused on disaster preparedness, humanitarian assistance, maritime security, human rights, professional development, defense and public-security missions, and countering transnational crime. Read More»

Ambassador Theriot thanks Guyana for a warm welcome

I am here to reaffirm the U.S. government’s commitment to our shared democratic values, including transparency, fairness, inclusion, and equity.  We all have a lot of important work to do, and together I believe we can and will address the shared challenges within our collective neighborhood, no matter how daunting they may appear. Read More»

U.S. Army, Guyana Defence Forces conduct training exercise

A team from the United States Army 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) are in Guyana, working alongside the Guyana Defence Force to increase readiness by integrating at the tactical and operational levels. The 1st SFAB is a specialized unit of the U.S. Army established to advise and assist partner nations. It is renowned for ... Read More»

Ambassador Lynch Statement to the Press

Remarks as prepared Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch Statement to the Press  Herdmanston Lodge   August 31, 2023 First, I want to thank all of you – the members of the media corps -for your wonderful cooperation and excellent partnership over the years.  You serve a crucial and important function in any strong democracy, and you are absolutely ... Read More»

Ambassador Lynch delivers remarks at Tradewinds 2023 Closing Ceremony

I would also like to congratulate the Guyana Defence Force on its signing of the U.S. Southern Command Human Rights Initiative earlier today The HRI was established in 1997 to bring together military, public security, government, and civil society representatives from across the hemisphere with the aim of developing comprehensive and effective human rights programs ... Read More»

Guyana joins initiative that supports development of human rights programs in the Caribbean, Latin America

Joint Press Release July 27, 2023 During a bilateral meeting today between Brigadier Omar Khan, Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Chief of Staff, and U.S. Army General Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), the two leaders signed the Human Rights Framework committing their organizations to “human rights engagement, cooperation and integration.” With the signing ... Read More»

SOUTHCOM Commander returning to Guyana as nation hosts Tradewinds Exercise

Gen. Richardson is returning to Guyana nearly a year after her first visit to the country in August 2022, and comes as Guyana hosts Tradewinds, a Caribbean-focused multinational exercise aimed at increasing the region’s security capacity, strengthening partnerships among participating defense and public-security forces, fostering international cooperation, and promoting human rights. Read More»

Ambassador Lynch delivers remarks at Tradewinds 2023 Opening Ceremony

I would also like to emphasize the importance of Human Rights and Women, Peace, and Security to Tradewinds. Respecting human rights and correctly applying gender considerations to military operations ensures that civilian populations remain safe and protected, even during periods of conflict or instability Read More»

Ambassador Lynch delivers Farewell Remarks

Adventure, Friendship, Success.  These are not only names of charming Guyanese villages, but also words that paint a picture of my experience in this land where I have spent four plus years of my life.  It has been a joint ADVENTURE with so many of you - colleagues, partners, FRIENDS - to resolve an election, ... Read More»

Representatives of the Office of the Vice President visit Guyana

During their visit, the delegation will meet with government officials, business leaders and non-governmental organizations leading on issues of governance, security and prosperity. Discussions will include topics of mutual interest including food security, energy security, and the U.S.-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030 (PACC 2030). Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Lynch for Caribbean Women, Peace, and Security Conference

Remarks as prepared Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch Caribbean Women, Peace and Security Conference  August 30, 2022 First Lady of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Her Excellency Arya Ali, Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Honorable Yonette Cummings-Edwards, Acting Chief Justice Roxane George Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Brigadier Godfrey Bess, Commander of U.S. Southern ... Read More»

Commander of U.S. Southern Command to visit Guyana

The United States and Guyana have a longstanding history of security cooperation. The defense partnership between the two countries includes collaboration against regional threats and challenges, capacity-building exercises, bilateral training, expertise exchanges, events fostering the inclusion of women in defense and security missions, and professional development engagements.  Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Lynch at the opening of Guyana Civil Asset Recovery Workshop

Remarks as prepared Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch Opening of Guyana Civil  Asset Recovery Workshop July 19, 2022 Good morning, it is a pleasure to join you this morning.  I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to the Hon. Attorney General Nandlall, for co-hosting this multi-agency asset recovery workshop with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau ... Read More»

Ambassador Lynch remarks to observe 246th Independence Day of the United States of America

But, as we remember those difficult days in the past, we must also look forward.  The Fourth of July is a day in the United States for both – it’s a day of history and remembrance; it’s also a day of hope and resolve; and, a day of promise and possibilities.  Across the United States ... Read More»

U.S.-Guyana Disaster Response Cooperation

On June 6, the United States Embassy in Georgetown and the Guyana Civil Defence Commission (CDC) marked strong bilateral cooperation in disaster response with the official conclusion of oil spill response training and the donation of disaster response equipment. From January through April 2022, the U.S. Coast Guard led a series of joint activities designed ... Read More»

Ambassador Lynch delivers remarks at launch of Master in Strategic Development Studies at University of Guyana

In Guyana, we have helped build capacity of public institutions, like the GDF, the GPF, the GRA and justice sector to increase their transparency and accountability to Guyanese citizens. We also encourage the efforts of civil society organizations to hold its government to be responsive to their needs, accountable and transparent. The work of persons ... Read More»

Security Cooperation Sends Two Fugitives to the United States

This is the fourth extradition of U.S. fugitives from Guyana to the United States in the last 25-years.  The extradition of the two fugitives strengthens the rule of law in Guyana and reflects the strong professional law enforcement and judicial cooperation between the United States and the Government of Guyana.     Read More»

Ambassador Lynch delivers remarks at Human Rights Training for Police, Prosecutors, and Judges

Guiding our provision of security training and assistance in Guyana and around the world is a commitment to human rights. As we seek to help Guyana and other countries be more secure, we are also committed to ensuring they do so in a way that upholds human life and dignity. Read More»

U.S. Embassy Conducts Human Rights Training for Police and Prison Service

The training focused on the Department of State Leahy Law, which prohibits State assistance to foreign security forces if there is credible information that a security force unit has committed a gross violation of human rights (GVHR), to include extrajudicial killings, torture, forced disappearance, or rape under the color of law.  Read More»

Ambassador Lynch delivers remarks at Launch of Container Control Program Training

Through UNODC’s container control program, port control units will be re-invigorated to profile, target, and inspect containers. The training and technical assistance for these units will be a key aspect of the program, as well as its interagency collaboration between customs and law enforcement officials. Read More»

U.S. and Guyana Partner to Strengthen Port Security

Officials from the World Customs Organization opened the program with a two-week virtual training course for members of Port Control Units, composed of members of the GPF, GRA, CANU, MARAD, and the GDF Coast Guard, providing them training in profiling, targeting, and inspecting containers.  This training will give them the skills to effectively detect suspicious ... Read More»

Second Guyanese Officer Graduates from U.S. Naval Postgraduate School

Colonel Jerrick’s education was funded through the U.S. Government’s International Military Education and Training (IMET) program. IMET trains military students throughout the world and builds alliances for the future. In 2021, IMET funded education for 32 members of the Guyana Defence Force and two members of the Government of Guyana, totally $539K USD. The investment ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Ambassador Lynch delivers remarks at CariSECURE Citizen Security Conference

However, for a crime to form part of the official statistics, it must be reported to the relevant law enforcement authorities.  If not, that unreported crime goes undetected, unchallenged, and the offenders remain unidentified. This unreported crime is known as the “dark figure of crime” and the subject of this seminar. Read More»

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. Read More»
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