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Signing of GRIF Funded ICT Access and e-Services for Hinterland, Poor and Remote Communities Project Agreement

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on November 30th 2017 signed the approved Project Document for the ICT Access and e-Services for Hinterland, Poor and Remote Communities project that will be executed by the National Data Management Authority (NDMA). Signing on behalf of the Government of Guyana were Hon. Winston Jordan and Catherine Hughes, Ministers of Finance and Telecommunications, respectively.

Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy Framework Document emphasizes the fostering of sustainable development in the hinterland regions and a key component in achieving such outcome is the linking of public services and information flows to the deployment and use of new Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs).

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The GRIF

The Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF) is a multi-contributor trust fund for the financing of activities identified under the Government of Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS). Pending the creation of an international REDD+ mechanism, the GRIF represents an effort to create an innovative climate finance mechanism which balances national sovereignty over investment priorities while ensuring that REDD+ funds adhere to the highest internationally recognized standards for financial, environmental and social safeguards. The GRIF was established in October 2010, with the World Bank as Trustee, following an agreement signed between Guyana and Norway in November 2009, in which Norway agreed to provide Guyana up to US$250 million by 2015 in performance-based payments for avoided deforestation in support of Guyana's LCDS.

 

Green State Development Strategy Multi-stakeholder Expert Group will move ‘Green’ agenda from imagination to reality - President Granger

Georgetown, Guyana – (November 23, 2017) President David Granger, yesterday, said that the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) Multi-Stakeholder Expert Group will help to move the pursuit of a ‘green’ agenda from imagination to implementation and from reverie to reality. The President made these remarks at the opening of the Expert Group’s Conference this morning at the Princess Ramada Hotel.

President David Granger said that the Green State Development Strategy is intended to become a rational roadmap to guide Guyana along the pathway towards the ‘Green State’ and show how the ‘good life’ can be assured.

The group is expected to provide inputs based on their technical expertise and experience into the process of developing an inclusive and comprehensive strategy.

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