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GUYANA | Granger makes plea for Guyana's removal from EU black list

Featured Guyana's President HE Brigadier (Retired) David Granger Guyana's President HE Brigadier (Retired) David Granger
BRUSSELS, Jun 9, CMC – Guyana’s President David Granger says his country has done everything to comply with international best practices relating to “open, transparent and responsible government” and appealed to the European Union to remove the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country from its money laundering black list.

Granger  attended the European Development Days (EDD) 2017 conference that ended Thursday and convened by the European Commission under the theme “Investing in Development” with particular focus on the private sector, gender equality and youth.

The organisers said the themes are directly linked to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development number five and the different topics highlighted during each session will provide insights into the most pressing issues facing global development.

The conference will brought together leaders and decision makers to share analysis, shape best practices, map priorities and strengthen the synergies between the economic, social and environmental aspects of development, according to the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.

A government statement issued in Georgetown noted that Granger called for an speedy resolution of the issue regarding the European Union (EU) Parliament’s non-support of his country’s removal from the money-laundering blacklist.

The statement said he made it clear that Georgetown has done everything to comply with international best practices relating to open, transparent and responsible government.

The statement noted that Granger met with an unidentified EU legislator who explained that differences had arisen between the European Commission and the European Parliament over the blacklisting of countries facilitating money laundering.

“He noted that this was entirely the reason for the Parliament’s rejection (of) Guyana’s performance in so far as it relates to money laundering. The President thanked the EU legislator for the explanation but noted that while the EU is blinking, Guyana is bleeding and reiterated his call for the matter to be resolved,” the statement added.

It said Granger also held talks with Belgium’s Foreign Minister, Didier J.L Reynders with the two countries recommitting themselves “o strengthening ties with each other.

“President Granger said that a good partnership can be forged between the two states, particularly as it relates to the preservation and protection of the environment,” the statement said.

Last modified onFriday, 09 June 2017 08:30
  • Countries: Guyana