Italy funding Guyana’s participation in Asset Recovery training

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.

[] – As government continues its State Asset Recovery Unit’s activities, Italy has agreed to boost Guyana’s capacity to execute this activity, according to Minister of State Joseph Harmon.

Addressing the media at his weekly post-Cabinet media briefing, the Minister of State indicated that the European country has agreed to fund, via the CARICOM Secretariat, Guyana’s participation in a training programme, “Illicit Economy and Financial Flows Investigation and Asset Recovery”.

The programme will run from July 6 to 12, at the Rome Police Training Center, and Guyana Police Force Superintendant Wayne De Hart will attend.

Guyana will be represented as “It is clear to us that the path which we have taken, to pursue recovery of State assets is something that has found favour with CARICOM countries and the CARICOM Secretariat.”

He added that there has also has been an “overwhelming response” from Guyanese living abroad, many whom are also highly qualified and prepared to take time off from their work, “who have volunteered their time and energy, without pay to come and work for us in this regard.”

Professor Dr. Clive Thomas has been in contact with several international agencies and he will be issuing statements in this regard, stated the Minister. Since taking office, the government has launched forensic audits and investigations into the operations of several ministries under the previous government. [Extracted and modified from GINA]



  1. I have to admit once again that, let’s say a year ago, I did not rate Mr Harmon very high – only just about 65% out of 100. But this gentleman is proving me very wrong and unfair to him. He has stepped up to the plate and is doing a great job as a top government administrator, and I have already increased his marks up to 90% out of 100. Bravo, Mr Harmon.


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