Another “Green” award for President Jagdeo
- New York organisation to honour head of state, two others
President Bharrat Jagdeo is among three persons to receive honours next month in Queens, New York.
The Guyanese Head of State, a US senator and an outstanding scientist will be the three honourees of the Guyanese and American Business and Professional Council (GABPC) at their “Green Gala” awards dinner.
Jagdeo will receive the award for his pledge not to cut Guyana’s forests, this country’s contribution towards mitigating the effects of global warming.
His award as one of the six Champions of the Earth is also a factor for him receiving the award from GABPC.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, US Senator for New York is the second honouree. She supports aggressive action aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050, and is a leading advocate for investments in renewable energy production and energy efficient technology.
Senator Gillibrand has worked closely with federal, state and local leaders as well as the private sector to encourage green development across the state. As a member of the Green Jobs & New Economy Subcommittee, she continues to advocate the policies that will help New York to be a leader in the green revolution.
The third honouree is Guyanese-American, Dr. Frank L. Douglas who has already been the recipient of many awards in the field of medicine.
Dr. Douglas has been awarded in recognition of his leadership and success in improving innovation and productivity in pharmaceutical companies.
He was involved in the discovery, development and/or approval of more than 20 medications.
Dr. Douglas holds a PhD in physical chemistry and a MD from Cornell University. He is the President and CEO, Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, Ohio.
He is a University Professor in the Department of Polymer Science at the University of Akron, Professor of Integrated Medical Sciences at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy.
The central mission of the Guyanese and American Business and Professional Council is to promote stronger ties between Guyana and the United States and forge closer relations between the business and professional communities of both nations.
“We are especially interested in professionals, independent or within corporate structures, who can contribute to our objectives.,” says Leyland Hazlewood, GABPC’s president.
Hazlewood said the Green Gala emphasises “that we are part of one of the most important movements of our time that pertains to our very survival and future generations.
Leaders with foresight and those who understand the imperatives of the emerging green lifestyles believe that it will provide the underpinnings of a new era of economic development and growth. It offers immense opportunities for business. Some will ignore it at their own peril.”
GABPC is expecting a sizable turnout of business executives including representatives from ‘green organisations’ and members of the diplomatic community.
There will be a “green carpet”, not a “red carpet” reception for the VIPs and exhibits of green initiatives and technologies of sponsors and supporters of the Gala Awards Dinner.