January 12

Guyana to host 24th Inter-American Congress in March

first_imgBy Yanalla DalrympleGuyana will be hosting the 24th Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism of the Americas on March 21-22, 2018 at the Marriott Hotel. Under the theme “Connecting the Americas through Sustainable Tourism”, the Congress was launched on Thursday at the Umana Yana, Kingston.Ministers and other officials seated at the launching of the 24th CongressThe Government of Guyana and the OAS General Secretariat signed a cooperation agreement on Thursday for the organisation of the event.It will be the first ever high-level OAS meeting in Guyana. According to Minister with responsibilities for tourism, Dominic Gaskin, this sort of meeting raises our profile as a country and also makes us eligible to showcase the country at a high level.“I’m proud that Guyana is hosting this event and I am also honoured to be a part, we can now have a place at the table and by the hosting of this Congress.Permanent representative of Guyana to the OAS, Jean Ricot Dormeus, said, “It’s a historic occasion for Guyana. We look forward with pleasure and anticipation to welcome you all to Guyana. For us, sustainable tourism is critical for our development as a nation.”Moreover, Dormeus noted tourism can significantly expand economic opportunities for our citizens. It should be sustainable, ensuring that the economic, social, cultural and environmental elements are fully respected.”The Congress will feature key topics like showcasing cultural and tourism resources, imputing the tourism agenda of the Americas, advancing interests in the area of transportation and strengthens Guyana’s connection with the Americas giving more flesh and substance to the continental destinyNational Coordinator and Chairman of the Tourism Board, Donald Sinclair, asked “what does hosting this event mean for Guyana?”Sinclair then explained that apart from showcasing Guyana’s’ culture, it will also strengthen its ties with other countries. The 23rd Inter-American Congress of Tourism was held in Lima, Peru, in 2015.last_img read more

November 25

REOPENS FGN 22

first_imgChina faced a piquant situation as the PCA tribunal completely struck down its claims over 90 per cent of the South China Sea based on historic rights and upheld the Philippines maritime right to have Exclusive Economic Zone.For decades China, which boycotted the tribunal questioning its legality, has been asserting that the islands and reefs in the South China Sea were discovered 2,000 years ago and administered by its emperors.But its claims came into conflict with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan as they have exclusive economic zones provided by UNCLOS which Beijing declined to recognise.Testifying before the same committee, Colin Willett, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Multilateral Affairs Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, also praised India for peacefully resolving its maritime dispute with Bangladesh.”The region abounds with examples of neighbours finding peaceful ways to resolve difference over overlapping maritime zones.”Indonesias and the Philippines successful conclusion of negotiations to delimit the boundary between their respective exclusive economic zones (EEZs) and Indias and Bangladeshs acceptance of the decision from an arbitral tribunal with regard to their overlapping EEZ in the Bay of Bengal are just a couple that come to mind,” he said. PTI KJV KUNlast_img read more