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The US has repeatedly shared that it has strong interests in Guyana, including promoting democracy and human rights, supporting economic growth and development, and combating drug trafficking and other transnational crimes.
In recent years, concerns have been raised over the divergence between the expressed ideals and interests of United States representatives in Guyana and their actual actions on the ground. Historically, the U.S. has been known for promoting democracy and human rights, supporting economic growth and development, and combating drug trafficking and other transnational crimes. However, there are growing frustrations among observers who argue that these commitments are not being adequately fulfilled.
When it comes to promoting democracy and human rights, U.S. representatives in Guyana have not been proactive enough in addressing issues such as corruption, electoral integrity, and human rights abuses. The recent sexual assault on an indigenous girl has elicited no response from local US representatives. The bulldozing of the Mocha community has been met with silence. The rampant racial discrimination against AfroGuyanese has been met with a deafening silence, however, the embassy seems comforted by inviting select AfroGuyanese to its pretentious events. There have been more instances where concerns about democratic processes and human rights violations in Guyana have not received the level of attention and support expected from the U.S., leading to disappointment among those who look to the U.S. for guidance and advocacy in these areas.
Similarly, on the economic front, there have been doubts about the level of support provided by U.S. representatives in fostering sustainable economic growth and development in Guyana. While U.S. companies have invested in Guyana’s emerging oil and gas sector, there has been silence on Exxon’s abuse of Guyanese resources and the significant disadvantages such a contract means to a developing nation. Some argue that greater efforts should be made to promote diversification, local entrepreneurship, and inclusive economic policies that benefit all segments of the Guyanese population.
Additionally, concerns have been raised about the role of the U.S. in addressing drug trafficking and other transnational crimes in Guyana. Allegations have emerged that several prominent banks and influential individuals in Guyana are involved in drug trafficking and money laundering. It is claimed that the U.S. possesses substantial evidence against these individuals but has refrained from taking action to apprehend them, causing frustration and raising questions about the U.S.’s commitment to combating these illicit activities.
As Guyana’s young democracy continues to navigate its developmental path, it is important for U.S. representatives to reassess and reinforce their commitment to promoting democracy, human rights, economic growth, and combating transnational crimes. By aligning their actions with their historical ideals and interests, the U.S. can play a pivotal role in supporting Guyana’s aspirations for a more inclusive, prosperous, and secure future.