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Defence Diplomacy Office aimed at influencing international partners; Retired Chief-of-Staff Bess to be first Head

Retired Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Brigadier Godfrey Bess is tipped to head the Defence Diplomacy Office which is being established at the Office of the President to influence this country’s international partners, according to well-placed government sources. President Irfaan Ali earlier this week told the opening of the Guyana Police Force Annual Officers’ Conference that the new ...

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US Senator says Pres Ali was annoyed US blocked loan to GYSBI; US vows to push back on Chinese investments

United States Senator Tim Kaine has said that President Irfaan Ali was upset that that country had blocked an Inter-American Development Bank  (IDB) US$180 million loan to Guyana Shore Base Inc (GYSBI) because its operations were dedicated to the oil and gas sector and even cautioned that China could provide financing “with no strings attached.” Recalling a meeting with Dr ...

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Spy agency Bill for bipartisan parliamentary committee

President Irfaan Ali on Friday night said the increasingly controversial National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) Bill would be sent to parliamentary bipartisan select committee to allow persons to submit their observations. “I am aware of the importance of this Bill, but equally, I am committed to ensuring the fulsome nature of the Bill is understood and that interested stakeholders ...

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Guyana to establish counter-terrorism unit- Ali

President Irfaan Ali has announced that a counter-terrorism unit would be established with foreign help, weeks after the American Embassy had tightened its security because of a threat against US interests. “We are also now analysing the establishment of a counter-terrorism unit that will  be built with support from our regional and international partners,” he told Thursday’s opening of the ...

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Former Chief-of-Staff Brigadier Bess promised civilian job

Retired Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Brigadier Godfrey Bess announced in his farewell address that Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Irfaan Ali has promised him a civilian job. “Your Excellency, I’m humbled that you have seen it fit for me to continue to serve the people of Guyana in another capacity and I pledge to continue to ...

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Lawyers association says Intelligence Agency Bill will violate lawyer-client confidentiality

The Guyana Bar Association (GBA) on Friday expressed grave concern that the draft National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) legislation would insulate that body and its agents from legal action if they access information that clients provide to their lawyers. GBA President Pauline Chase told the opening of a Law Week 2023 symposium that lawyers must be prepared to resist ...

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IRI Hosts former US Congressional Representatives for legislative forum with Guyanese MPs

The International Republican Institute (IRI) will host former United States (US) Congressional Representatives David Price and Erik Paulsen and former Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director Karen Glaser for a legislative forum with current and potential Guyanese Members of Parliament (MPs). Two half-day sessions will take place at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, Kingston, Georgetown on May 2 and 3, ...

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Liza field natural gas to be guaranteed for 20 years under extended licence

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday said the licence for the Liza reservoir project would be extended to ensure that natural gas is available for Guyana’s gas to shore electricity and natura gas liquids plants for 20 years. Mr Jagdeo told a news conference that the decision to extend the licence followed the completion of the field development plan for ...

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Appeal to a magistrate or file election petitions after Local Govt polls- GECOM Chairman reminds commission

As A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) intensified its claims of irregularities in the nomination process for the June 12, 2023 Local Government Elections, the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Retired Justice Claudette Singh on Wednesday reminded the seven-member commission that contestants should seek redress about the alleged forgery of names of nominators and candidates through an appeal ...

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Govt ditches offers to buy Marriott Hotel- Jagdeo

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday said it has rejected all of the offers by private investors to buy the State-owned Marriott-branded hotel because the prices that have been offered are too low. “We will not proceed with any of the bids because they we believe that they are too low based on the value of that asset asset now ...

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