President restates New York assurances

Guyana Chronicle
January 10, 2000

PRESIDENT Bharrat Jagdeo says he intends to keep his promise for two community offices to be set up in Brooklyn and Queens, New York to avoid Guyanese there having to travel to do business at the Guyana Consulate in Manhattan.

In a New Year's message to Guyanese in the New York Tri-State area, the President also reassured that efforts were under way for an easier re-integration here of returning citizens.

The commitment came in a live radio interview from Le Meridien Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown on Old Year's Night and broadcast on WPAT radio in New York. It was hosted by Guyanese radio personality, Mr Bobby Vieira.

In a release, Vieira said residents in New Jersey and Connecticut were also able to hear the address.

The broadcast was organised through Le Meridien General Manager, Mr Jean Guillaumot and Vieira, in conjunction with North American Airlines and Bamboo Gardens restaurant in New York, the statement added.

Vieira said he asked the President about plans for the republic anniversary Mashramani celebrations next month and he has promised a "grand time."

"He emphasised that his intentions were to make this the biggest Mash ever and was preparing to pump millions into the national event to secure its success," the release stated.

The President extended a special invitation to Guyanese nationals overseas to return home and participate in the celebrations.

He suggested that it would give them a chance to have a first hand look at the opportunities now available for investment in the country, the release added.

At the hotel party some persons who attended were also able to send live New Year's greetings to friends and relatives overseas on the radio programme.

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