Donald Ramatar is GuyanaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s new president and the incumbent PeopleÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Progressive Party/Civic has secured its fifth successive term in office. That became clear after the final results of the countryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Nov. 28 general elections were declared by Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Dec. 1.
Ramator, 61, was elected president after the results showed the incumbent PeopleÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had had retained power. GECOM said the PPP/C won 32 seats, APNU 26, and the AFC seven, giving the incumbent a minority government with an Opposition-controlled majority in the Parliament, a first in Guyana.
On Thursday, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. of the United States Virgin Islands hosted participants in the Caribbean Media Exchange conference which was held on St. Thomas this weekend. "I welcome to the island of St. Thomas the 55 delegates in attendance representing a wide variety of journalists, public relations broadcasting and film production professionals.
Let me also thank New York University for partnering with us to make this conference a great success," de Jongh said in brief remarks at the Government House reception. The governor noted that this conference serves many purposes of great benefit to the professions represented in the delegation, and the people and governments of Caribbean destinations like the Virgin Islands.
The Caribbean Media Exchange's World Leadership Award 2011 was presented to the nonprofit Counterpart International for its role in promoting sustainable tourism among coastal communities in the region.
Counterpart was recognized for its work with communities in the Dominican Republic and Honduras that support tourism-related livelihoods and preservation of fragile coastal eco-systems. Joan Parker, President and CEO of Counterpart, accepted the award and said it is Counterpart's community-driven strategy that ensure that projects are a success.
Outgoing President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, His Excellency Bharrat Jagdeo has thanked CARICOM Chairman and St. Kitts and NevisÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ Prime Minister The Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas for the work he has done to advance regional integration and to promote the Caribbean's place in the world.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI continue to have strong faith in the future or our region, and believe that success can be created as our countries work together towards regional integration. I recognise that many of our sister nations are struggling in the face of the global financial crises, but believe that these difficulties can be overcome,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said the Guyana President in a letter to Prime Minister Douglas.