President Jagdeo reiterates calls for better treatment of Guyanese at Regional Airports
Guyana Chronicle
July 6, 2003

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GUYANA’S Head of State President Bharrat Jagdeo last week initiated, once again, a full discussion on the issue of hassle-free travelling for Guyanese within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

At the 24th Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government in Montego Bay, Jamaica, President Jagdeo raised the issue of Guyanese being treated unfairly at ports-of-entry within the Region.

Often, the treatment meted out to Guyanese travelling to CARICOM member states is less than acceptable, the President said, and as such, he once again called on his counterparts to address the matter.

The President’s sentiments were echoed by Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves, who committed his country to treating Guyanese fairly.

President Jagdeo also noted the positive remarks of Barbados’ Prime Minister Owen Arthur, regarding the issue of hassle-free travel within that country. Arthur pointed out the need for artisan Guyanese to be respected and accorded proper treatment when travelling in the Region.

President Jagdeo has made repeated calls for the fair treatment of Guyanese upon their entry into CARICOM countries, since in the past there have been some cases where Guyanese were given a hard time when travelling within the Region.