Revocation of LEAD official’s work permit contrary to commitment from Guyana – US

The US embassy today said that the government’s decision to revoke the permit of the head of a controversial democracy project here was contrary to the government’s commitment for a review of the project.

The embassy also welcomed the willingness of the Guyana Government to re-enter discussions with the US on the Leadership and Democracy (LEAD) project. The government had said that it would not enter discussions with the US while the project was still being executed here but it has reversed course on this matter.

Its announcement on Wednesday that the work permit for the Head of the project, Glenn Bradbury had been revoked for activities that offended the Laws of Guyana sparked surprise here and concerns about how this would impact on relations with Washington.

The US has been adamant that the project will go ahead, arguing that it is in line with the framework for bilateral relations agreed in 2009.

The government has advanced several reasons why it is opposed to the project but these objections have been denied by the US.

The statement from the US embassy today follows:

GEORGETOWN – The United States Embassy in Georgetown welcomes the willingness of the Government of Guyana to reengage in discussions with the United States on democracy and governance, and specifically in relation to the USAID LEAD project.

LEAD is designed to benefit the Government and people of Guyana through the promotion of understanding and consensus-building within the National Assembly; greater citizen engagement with Parliament; civic education on local government and greater civic engagement among women and youth.

The LEAD project implements the objectives described in the USAID Assistance Agreement for Governing Justly and Democratically, reached between the United States government and the Government of Guyana in 2009.

The United States regrets the decision taken by the Government of Guyana, announced publicly April 30, to revoke the work permit it had issued to Mr. Bradbury on September 25, 2013.

 

The decision to revoke Mr. Bradbury’s permit is contrary to our understanding of the Government of Guyana’s commitment to review together the LEAD program and to the spirit of the discussions proposed by the Government of Guyana itself.

 

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