US ‘regrets’ Guyana’s decision to revoke Work Permit of Bradbury

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Glenn Bradbury
Glenn Bradbury

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The United States Government says it ‘regrets’ the decision taken by the Guyana Government to revoke the work permit it had issued to Glenn Bradbury, who was tasked with implementing the LEAD Project in the country.

The United States government in a press statement through the US Embassy here in Guyana stated, “The decision to revoke Mr. Bradbury’s permit is contrary to our understanding of the Government of Guyana’s commitment to review together the LEAD program and to the spirit of the discussions proposed by the Government of Guyana itself.”

The work permit was granted to Bradbury on September 25, 2013 and was only recently revoked. Bradbury is a Canadian citizen and was tasked with the responsibility of implementing the contentious USAID funded Leadership and Democracy (LEAD) Project by the United States government.

Government spokesperson, Dr Roger Luncheon told reporters during a press briefing earlier in the week that the revocation of the work permit was based on the “immigration laws of Guyana being offended by Mr Bradbury and his actions in Guyana.”

The Guyana government is opposed to the LEAD Project and made its contentions known to the US Government through US Ambassador to Guyana, Brent Hardt.

US Ambassador to Guyana, Brent Hardt
US Ambassador to Guyana, Brent Hardt

However, the US in its statement noted, “LEAD is designed to benefit the Government and people of Guyana through the promotion of understanding and consensus-building within the National Assembly; greater citizen engagement with Parliament; civic education on local government and greater civic engagement among women and youth.

“The LEAD project implements the objectives described in the USAID Assistance Agreement for Governing Justly and Democratically, reached between the United States government and the Government of Guyana in 2009.”

 

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