Guyana

Parliament of Guyana

Parliament of Guyana

Key Facts

Head of State: President David A. Granger 

Joined the Commonwealth: 1966

Capital City (location of Parliament): Georgetown

Unicameral/Bicameral: Unicameral - National Assembly (70) 

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CPA UK & Guyana

The UK Parliament and National Assembly of Guyana maintain a collaborative relationship stemming from a seven month capacity building programme which took place from October-April 2016. The programme, jointly funded by CPA UK, the British High Commission Georgetown and the Canadian High Commission Georgetown, had the following aims:

  • Enhance the Assembly’s ability to conduct its business in an effective manner
  • Work with the Assembly’s parliamentary committees to enhance their oversight capacity
  • Work with the Parliamentary Leadership, to strengthen its administrative, financial and procedural independence.
  • Work with parliamentary officials to effectively support the functioning of the Assembly.
  • Address the challenges of maintaining a successful coalition government.
  • Support the interaction between UK, Guyanese and Caribbean Parliamentarians to discuss issues of regional interest; sustainability, energy and development

The next stage in the partnership between CPA UK and Guyana is a technical support programme centred on building capability of parliamentary officials. Activities include training and support for Hansard staff, Committee Clerks and Researchers, and staff working in finance and HR. 

Guyanese parliamentarians and clerks regularly attend CPA UK's multilateral conferences such as the Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure, and thematic International Parliamentary Conferences in 2016 and 2017 focusing on sustainable development and national security.

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Our Recent Programmes

Commonwealth Parliamentarians' Forum – Westminster, 26 February 2018 - 1 March 2018

CPA UK hosted the first Commonwealth Parliamentarians' Forum ahead of the UK hosting Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April 2018. The Forum brought together national legislators from across the Commonwealth and set the scene for the CHOGM 2018 theme – ‘Towards a Common Future’. The Parliamentarians' Forum sparked dialogue, engaged parliamentarians in the summit agenda and created opportunities for in-depth cross-Commonwealth discussion. The Forum was an invaluable opportunity to reinforce and reinvigorate the Commonwealth’s aspirations, opportunities, challenges and relevance in the coming years.

Election Assessment Mission (EAM) - UK General Election - June 2017.

The EAM was composed of 32 parliamentarians and election officials from across the Commonwealth. The EAM observed the election day procedures and met with candidates, returning officers, electoral officials and staff, civil society groups and other relevant stakeholders across eight constituencies during the period 3-8 June 2017. A key objective of the EAM was to increase the knowledge, skills and importance of election observation methodology amongst Commonwealth parliamentarians.

International Parliamentary Conference on National Security and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Project - Westminster and beyond, 2016-2017

As part of CPA UK's annual themed projects, the 2016-17 project was designed to increase parliamentarians’ knowledge of and build capacity on national security and cybersecurity through engaging interactive discussion sessions and networking opportunities with key stakeholders. The programme focused on a range of themes covering legislation, committee scrutiny, budgets, and engagement with civil society, international institutions and the private sector.

Parliamentary Forum on Anti-Corruption, Georgetown, 9-11 November 2016

CPA UK conducted a Forum on Anti-Corruption focusing on increasing the awareness of Guyanese parliamentarians of statutory responsibilities in public life and anti-corruption legislation. This follows a request from the Prime Minister of Guyana, Hon. Moses Nagamootoo for support in developing the knowledge and understanding of parliamentarians on the issue of corruption to improve current legislation, and in involving parliamentarians in the amendment of the Integrity Commission Act 1997 to include an updated Code of Conduct. 

Visit of the Speaker and parliamentary officials, Westminster, 18-21 April 2016

CPA UK hosted the Speaker and parliamentary management officials for a programme that provided fruitful discussions between parliamentary colleagues on parliamentary management and administration. Meetings between parliamentary counterparts allowed for an exchange of good practice on a range of issues, from the role of the Clerk of the House to how best to provide research briefings for parliamentarians in parliamentary libraries. This ensured that each
delegate participating in the programme was able to focus on issues which directly related to their roles in the National Assembly of Guyana.

Workshop for Committee Chairs and Clerks, Georgetown, 4-6 April 2016

CPA UK facilitated an in-country Workshop with Committee Chairs and Clerks, aimed at promoting good practices in scrutiny and oversight of the Executive within the committee system. The Workshop involved delegations from the UK and Canadian Parliaments, enabling an exchange of knowledge between parliamentary colleagues on the key principles and priorities in maintaining an effective committee system and facilitated the frank exchange of experiences on the current state of the committee system and wider political landscape in Guyana. Despite differences in the electoral and parliamentary systems of each of the three countries represented, participants engaged in valuable discussions on parliamentary good practice and technical aspects of committees including the role of Chairs and Clerks, choosing inquiry topics, sourcing witnesses, conducting hearings, writing reports and creating robust recommendations.

With a newly elected Speaker and autonomous Office of the National Assembly, the Parliament of Guyana was keen to utilise the opportunity a change in landscape afforded to focus on increasing the oversight function and investigative powers of the Legislature. Importance was placed by the visiting delegation on the role cross-party consensus on future priorities and practical solutions to challenges relevant to the Guyanese political context.

Caribbean Regional Workshop on Sustainability, Energy and Development, Port of Spain, 7-10 December 2015

CPA UK, working in partnership with the Parliament of Trinidad & Tobago delivered the Caribbean Regional Workshop on Energy, Sustainability & Development for Caribbean and UK parliamentarians.

The Workshop was one of three regional workshops to be delivered by CPA UK with UNDP as part of an International Parliamentary Project (IPP) following the adoption of the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) by the international community.

Visit of Committee Clerks from National Assembly of Guyana, Westminster, 16-19 November 2015

CPA UK hosted two Committee Clerks and four Assistant Committee Clerks for a training programme focused on the following:

  • The role of a committee clerk in effective committees and their relationship with the Chair and Members
  • Providing a comprehensive foundation for efforts to increase the oversight capacity of the committee system in the Parliament of Guyana in line with international best practice and procedure
  • Supporting practical elements of scrutiny through supporting an evolved approach to inquiries, committee administration, liaising with relevant witnesses and engaging the public

The Programme also responded to requests from the Parliament of Guyana to build capacity and knowledge in the areas of security sensitive committees, and provided tailor made training on writing effective briefs and reports.