Guyanese immigration problems in Caribbean
- President to raise issue with governments

Guyana Chronicle
January 22, 2000

PRESIDENT Bharrat Jagdeo has promised to raise the issue of Guyanese experiencing difficulties with immigration officials at various Caribbean ports of entry.

Speaking at a reception organised by the Guyana Consul office in Barbados while he was there to attend a Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) meeting last week, Mr Jagdeo said he has already spoken to some regional governments on the matter.

According to a statement from Guyana Honorary Consul, Mr Norman Faria, the President noted that because of the "very difficult time in our country" prior to 1992, Guyanese fled the country to the Caribbean and further afield and authorities have "conditioned a particular response" to Guyanese when they come before them.

The President in his address also outlined recent advances in the Guyana economy, the release said, and noted opportunities for investment by Barbadian and other firms.

The President who was accompanied by Minister with responsibility for Finance, Mr Saisnarine Kowlessar also met representatives of the Barbados business sector, a section of the Guyanese immigrant community and CDB President, Sir Neville Nicholls.

"I found the President very well informed and was also impressed with the love and sensitivity he shows for his country and people," the statement quoted Mr Tony Hoad, a Barbadian architect whose firm imports Guyanese wood, as saying.

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