President Ramotar visits Atlanta, Georgia
In a groundbreaking visit to Atlanta, Georgia, recently, President Donald Ramotar held discussions with local officials, civil rights leaders and members of the Guyanese community.
The President was given a tour of the former church and the gravesite of slain civil rights icon Reverend Martin Luther King where he met with King’s son, Martin Luther King III. Mr. King, along with leading historians, academic and civil rights figures exchanged views with the President on the course of the international struggle for civil rights.
President Donald Ramotar and Mrs Deolatchmee Ramotar are being briefed on one of the mounted photos in the church of the late Dr. Martin Luther King in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
The President also paid a visit to the Walter Rodney Foundation which is housed in the Woodruff Library at Atlanta University.
President Ramotar, who was accompanied by First Lady Mrs. Deolatchmee Ramotar, Minister of Foreign Affairs Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett and Guyana’s Ambassador to the United States, Bayney Karran, held wide ranging discussions with members of the Guyanese community.
President Donald Ramotar and Mrs Deolatchmee Ramotar share a light moment with Martin Luther King III, son of the late Rev. Martin Luther King
In a town hall style meeting which lasted over four hours, the President addressed numerous issues ranging from developments in the social sector, energy and infrastructure to the security situation, city sanitation, air links and cooperation with opposition political parties.
He bemoaned the fact that a lack of cooperation from the political opposition was curtailing progress with development projects which he deemed vital for Guyana’s transformation. The President was applauded after declaring that, “We have not spent US $30 million to build a road to nowhere. I am determined that Guyana will produce hydroelectricity sooner rather than later.”
Minister Rodrigues-Birkett, who welcomed the gathering on behalf of the President, informed that the Government will establish a Consulate in Atlanta to attend to the needs of Guyanese nationals in that area.
Dr. Vincent Adams of the Linden Fund moved a vote of thanks to President Ramotar for visiting the community and noted the civil tone of the discourse which had taken place.
The President and his delegation were welcomed by performances from the Guyana Queh Queh Company and the Radha Krishna Mandir dance troupe. The event was held at the Redan Party Rental and Cultural Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)