Heartening that most Guyanese with US non-immigrant visas returned

Dear Editor,

United States Ambassador to Guyana, Mr Perry Holloway, has reportedly said (SN, July 7) that 7000 immigrant visas were issued and 72,000 applications for non-immigrant visas were processed last year. This is a significant number representing nearly ten per cent of the country’s population which has indicated an interest in visiting the United States.

What is particularly heartening to learn is the fact that an overwhelming majority of those who obtained non-immigrant visas to the United States returned home well within the stipulated time, which speaks well to the political and socio-economic health of our society. This is why it is so important that we preserve the democratic fabric of our country and accelerate the pace of economic development. There can be no doubt that we have come a long way since the days of authoritarian rule when Guyana was seen by the international community as a ‘pariah’ state.

The United States has the largest number of Guyanese, who for whatever reasons, departed the shores of Guyana and have started a new life in that country. The vast majority of them are doing well and in the process contributing meaningfully to the growth and development of their adopted homeland.

I take this opportunity to congratulate the United States on its 241st anniversary of independence.

Yours faithfully,

Hydar Ally


We should always be conscious of the national security dimension in the conduct of our domestic and foreign policies

Dear Editor, Ever since the release of the 2016 Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) between the Government of Guyana and ExxonMobil there has been an intense and energetic public debate on its terms, especially those relating to the financial aspects.

Is the political class serious about the kind of reform necessary for best use of oil revenues?

Dear Editor, I did a column a few weeks ago saying it is tricky at this point to get the contract renegotiated, let alone tearing it up.

Unsworn statements from the dock should be abolished

Dear Editor, The law of Guyana provides a right for an accused person to make an unsworn statement from the dock in his/her defence at trial.

Hinds and Ogunseye should not be surprised

Dear Editor, During last week we witnessed the mini-drama of the Chronicle standing by its decision to cease publishing articles by Dr David Hinds and Mr Lincoln Lewis.

The acting Commissioner must proceed with professionalism

Dear Editor, The acting Commissioner has made an address to the public but has failed to address the contentions that surround the incident in question.


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