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Guyana's Corruption Score Not Much Better

Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index. (TICPI) issued its 2014 results. Among the CARICOM countries the two, who rank lowest on the TICPI, are Guyana and Haiti at 124th and 161st places respectively. What the TICPI score means is how public sector corruption is viewed according to a scale, which ranges from 0 = very corrupt to 100 = very honest. Guyana has experienced a slight improvement, rising from 27 in 2013 to 30 in 2014.

Guyana's anti-corruption agency, Transparency Institute Guyana Inc. (TIGI) took note of the ranking, and has once again urged the Guyana government to make comprehensive government reforms across the board involving commissions, legislation, institutional reform, and securing the public trust, among many actions needed to stop the spread of anti-corruption practices. Some of TIGI's recommendations to the government include:

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Guyana Haitian Diaspora 40,000 Strong

Guyana began as a Dutch colony in the 17th century, becoming a British territory in 1815. When slavery became outlawed, blacks moved to metro areas, and indentured servants were imported from India to toil on sugar plantations. Since then, the ethnic and cultural dichotomy has endured, causing internal strife.

Guyana won independence from Britain in 1966, its governments favoring socialist agendas. In 1992, Guyana held its first free elections, picking Cheddi Jagan as its first democratic president. He held office for five years, dying of unexplained causes. Janet Jagan, his spouse, took over, but left office in 1999 because of ill health. Since then, Jagan's successor, Bharrat Gdeo, has won election twice, most recently in 2006.

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President Martelly on State Visits to Guyana and Suriname

Haiti President Michel Martelly flew to both Guyana and Suriname on a State visit March 22, 2013.

On his stop in Guyana, he sat down with Head of State, Donald Ramotar. They spoke on topics ranging from bi-lateral cooperation to agrarian issues, eco-tourism, trading, education, and food shortages. President Martelly also promoted many investment opportunities developed for Haiti's reconstruction post the 2010 earthquake.

After, Martelly flew to Suriname where he was greeted by President Désiré Bouterse with a military ceremony. During their sit-down, Martelly conversed with Bouterse about domestic rice production in Haiti, and CARICOM's CARIFESTA. Suriname is the event host for 2013's celebration, and Haiti will participate, offering music, national cuisine, arts and crafts, and dance performances.

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Haiti to Post Caribbean's Fastest Growth in 2013

The past few years have been very promising for the island country of Haiti, despite the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred about three years ago. It is actually one of the fastest growing economies in the region, thanks to the recent efforts of the Haitian government and the international community.

In a recent report published by the United Nation's Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Haiti will be the leading and fastest-growing economy in the Caribbean in terms of GDP growth which is projected to increase by 6% by the year 2013. It was also supposed to be at the number one spot for 2012 with an initial estimate of 6% growth earlier in the year, but was decreased to a 2.5% growth by the ECLAC, as well as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), due to the bad effects of the major storms that hit the country this past year. Back in 2011, Haiti's GDP grew by 5.6%.

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