Commonwealth Heads of Govt 2018The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, QC and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson were updated on the status of the Guyana/Venezuela border case which is presently before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by Head of State David Granger during bilateral discussions.President David Granger engaged in bilateral talks with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, LondonThe President along with his delegation comprising Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; Director General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Audrey Waddell; and Guyana’s High Commissioner to the UK, Frederick Hamley Case met with the officials on the sidelines of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) being hosted in London, United Kingdom.Providing an update following the meetings, which were held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Minister Greenidge said Guyana expressed gratitude to the Commonwealth for articulating their position in support of the country as it relates to the border controversy on the international scene.“What is unfolding now, what the ICJ is likely to go in terms of the future steps,” he added.The work of the Commonwealth and new areas of focus, particularly the development of toolkits to assist in the implementation of key policies in member states, which is an initiative of Secretary General Scotland also constituted the talks, Minister Greenidge revealed.Guyana’s Iwokrama Rainforest and environment protection initiatives were also explored.The bilateral engagement was described as fruitful as the President and Foreign Secretary Johnson committed to strengthening the cooperation between Guyana and the UK on all fronts.The Head of State discussed issues of common interest with the British Foreign Secretary and according to Minister Greenidge, “issues ranging from BREXIT to the challenges the UK faces to environmental issues and so forth, cooperation that is ongoing in terms of the security initiative and other areas,” were addressed.The Foreign Affairs Minister noted that these meetings precede previous engagements, including one held by UK Prime Minister Theresa May with Caribbean countries in relation to bilateral cooperation.As part of the CHOGM events, President Granger is expected to meet with Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi, attend the Commonwealth’s Malaria Summit and welcome dinner, which is to be hosted by Prime Minister May, tomorrow.Leaders at this year’s CHOGM are expected to consider a Commonwealth Blue Charter on ocean governance, a Commonwealth connectivity agenda for trade and investment, a declaration on cybercrime and Revised Commonwealth guidelines on election observation in member countries.
“Sometimes when we are close to something we take it for granted. We forget to take a step back, admire and laud our achievements and acknowledge the rich tapestry of our local communities and economy. In “Donegal – We Make Things” we wanted to take a little time out and acknowledge just a few of our local businesses who create employment for their local communities by making things.These are honest stories told as only those who have lived them can tell. They speak of family, of community, of patience, of learning, of ambition and of passion. The promoters are ordinary folk doing ordinary stuff but doing it wonderfully well. I am certain that these stories will not only be admired by anyone in business, but will also help inspire further success.”Monday night’s event is just one of many in an exciting line up that stretches across the county over the course of the week and the Head of Enterprise said they were delighted to once again to have some fantastic local, national and international speakers bringing their expertise and experience to the county.“The week gets off to a great start in Solis Lough Eske on Monday morning with the story of another local business, Donagh Kelly of KN Group – who has built up not just a national, but an international business.“We are certain that there will be terrific learning and networking opportunities for businesses every day and I would urge them to make the most of the opportunity,” he added.There are events to pick from at locations right around Donegal and all are free to attend.To book events, log on to www.localenterprise.ie/donegal or send an e.mail to [email protected] or phone 0749160735. Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020.‘Making things in Donegal’ to take centre stage at Enterprise Week was last modified: March 1st, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Manufacturing businesses will take centre stage during one of the key events for Local Enterprise Week 2018 when they are featured on screen and in print in “Donegal – We Make Things,” a celebration of manufacturing in the county.Joe Bonnar Metalcraft, Letterkenny; MacBride Brothers Joinery from Convoy; O’Donnell’s Bakery from Laghy; Welditz from Carndonagh; Silver Strand Rope Works from Moville and Diorite from Buncrana will feature at the event in Buncrana Cinema on Monday 5th March.Their stories will be told on screen in “Donegal – We Make Things” at an event hosted by broadcaster Anton Savage that will also see the launch of a book of the same name that charts their stories. According to Head of Enterprise, Michael Tunney, Monday evening’s film and book launch is a real celebration and example of businesses who refuse to be average, who refuse to be held back by how others perceive living in Donegal to be.“This is truly a celebration of the fact that manufacturing is not only possible – but is truly alive and well in Donegal,” he said.Indeed, Mr Tunney urged anyone in business in Donegal to come along to the event and be inspired by the stories of the local businesses.