US Ambassador responds to President Ramotar’s criticism of Guyana’s TIP ranking -28th Jun 2013
United States Ambassador to Guyana Brent Hart finds unfair, President Donald Ramotar’s recent comment about the country’s State Department ranking of Guyana in its annual Trafficking in Persons report.
The US Ambassador at a press briefing for the closing of the Guyana Investment Conference said his country is not saying it does not have cases of Trafficking in Persons.
According to him the US ranking of themselves is based on the institution in place to deal with the matter stressing that it is not the only social problem facing the US.
On Thursday President Ramotar singled out the country saying he cannot understand why Guyana continues to be placed on the tier two watch list of the US State Department report on Trafficking.
Canadian High Commissioner David Devine said the investment conference was designed to highlight the many issues affecting investment here. He noted while it seeks to promote Guyana, issues of corruption and Trafficking in Persons cannot be ignored.
President Ramotar had said downgrading Guyana on the Trafficking in Persons report helps to create a negative image which could affect the flow of investors to this country.
Regarding the investment conference, the Canadian High Commissioner said the many issues could not have been resolved at the end of the conference, but will eventually, through follow ups.
Both the Canadian High Commissioner and US Ambassador said Guyana’s extractive sector holds great potential for business investors from both countries.
One of the main objectives of the day and a half of the conference was aimed at encouraging foreign direct investment and making it easier to do business in Guyana.