Pompeo pledges US4.5M to bolster governance, democracy initiatives
─$5M set aside for Venezuelan refugees in Guyana
United States Secretary of State, Mr. Michael Pompeo, has pledged US$4.5M in financial support to bolster Guyana’s governance and democracy initiatives.
Mr. Pompeo made the announcement this morning, during a joint press conference with His Excellency, Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali at State House.
The Secretary of State said the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) would finance the initiatives through a locally-led programme. Within that programme, US$3 million will be set aside for citizens involvement in governance and US$1.5 million for youth participation in democracy.
“We know the Guyanese people cherish democracy. They cherish freedom. They value free and fair and transparent elections just as Americans do,” Mr. Pompeo said.
He also referred to the protracted electoral process following the March 2, General and Regional Elections noting that “It was worth fighting to honour the people’s sovereign decision … That is indeed what democracy is all about.”
Additionally, the US diplomat pledged US$5 million in relief to help Venezuelans who fled to Guyana due to the political and socio-economic crisis in the Bolivarian Republic.
The Secretary of State expressed his wish that the co-operation between Guyana and the USA will continue on the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. Mr. Pompeo also commended Guyana for its humanitarian efforts toward the Venezuelan migrants.