Public Security Minister and Second Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan on Friday meet with newly
Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and Australian High Commissioner to Guyana John Pilbeam during their meeting on Friday
accredited Australian High Commissioner to Guyana John Pilbeam to discuss matters of security; in particular, arrangements for the impending visit of the Australia Cricket team to Guyana in June.
Australia and South Africa are schedule to tour the West Indies for a 10-match ODI tri-series in June. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) had reported last year that the series would kick off in Guyana, where three of the games will be held, while St Kitts will host another three. The final four ODIs, including the final, will be held at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
During Friday’s meeting between High Commissioner Pilbeam and Minister Ramjattan at the Public Security Ministry on Brickdam, Georgetown, the discussions focused primarily on the issue of the security of the Australian cricketers, as well as the delegation visiting Guyana for the matches scheduled for June 3, 5 and 7, at the Providence National Stadium, on the East Bank of Demerara.
Minister Ramjattan assured the Australian High Commissioner that very high priority would be placed on the security of the Team while in Guyana and further guaranteed that the Public Security Ministry was prepared to comply with any specific security request made.
High Commissioner Pilbeam acknowledged that the security services in Guyana were very efficient by Caribbean standards, which the Public Security Minister attributed to the increase in the quantity and quality of training received by the country’s security forces.
On the other hand, following up on an assurance given by the previous Australian High Commissioner to Guyana, the Public Security Minister was presented with documents regarding the plans of the Australian Government for dealing with issues related to border security.
These documents were ‘A Summary of the Border Management Programme in Australia’, which dealt with border control issues, such as terrorism, drugs, corruption in customs, illegal immigration, refugees, etc; and a ‘Defence White Paper’, which was a summary for public discussion on defence issues faced in Australia, such as cyber and maritime security.
The Public Security Ministry said it will continue to work with international partners to seek areas of collaboration that will enhance the effectiveness of the security sector in Guyana and maintain the safety and security of the country’s citizenry and of those whom we welcome as guests.
The Australian Diplomat was accredited on Wednesday by President David Granger as a non-resident High Commissioner to Guyana and will be based in Trinidad and Tobago. In addition to Guyana, he is named Australian High Commissioner to 13 other Caribbean Community countries in November, 2015, having formerly served with distinction in a number of other capacities for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), most recently as Director of DFAT’s Korean Peninsula and Mongolia Section.