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Strengthening the Guyana–U.S. Relationship

July 27, 2022 • 2:30 – 3:30 pm EDT

Please join the CSIS Americas Program for a discussion on strengthening the U.S.-Guyana bilateral relationship with Guyana’s President Mohamed Irfaan Ali.

The United States and Guyana have a deep-rooted history of trade, public health initiatives, economic development, and collaboration to empower civil society, promote stability, and reinforce security. According to the International Monetary Fund, Guyana’s economy is the fastest growing in the world. Its economy is forecast to grow this year at roughly 47% with a projected GDP of $9.5 billion. Additionally, Guyana serves as a gateway to Caribbean trade development as it is home to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) secretariat. As Guyana’s largest trading partner, the United States should work closely with Guyana to fortify democratic institutions, trade, and regional cooperation. A stronger relationship between the U.S. and Guyana is vital for the development of economies, trade policies, and humanitarian action.

This event will provide an opportunity to delve deeper into the U.S-Guyana partnership and will explore pathways to strengthening democratic practices, the challenges and opportunities for Guyanese oil wealth, and ways to bolster the economy to improve the socioeconomic outlook for the country. In addition, the discussion will touch upon Guyana’s role in the region, discuss the Guyana-Venezuela border dispute, and assess the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and the opportunities for economic rebuilding and human capital development.

This event is made possible by general support to the Americas Program.

John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
Daniel F. Runde
Senior Vice President; William A. Schreyer Chair; Director, Project on Prosperity and Development

Mohamed Irfaan Ali

President of the Co‑operative Republic of Guyana