The Transparency Institute Guyana Inc. (TIGI), an affiliate of Transparency International, is holding its second annual fundraising dinner, with Professor Trevor Monroe slated to deliver the feature address. The event will be held at the Pegasus Hotel on Friday (November 22) and is scheduled to commence at 19:00hrs.
TIGI held its first fundraising dinner last year, at which Deryck Murray, renowned West Indies wicketkeeper of yesteryear, and the current chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago chapter of Transparency International, was the guest speaker.
“Those present will recall his comment that “corruption can affect the soul of a nation”.
“We at TIGI believe that corruption does affect the soul of a nation,” the body indicated in a press statement yesterday.
TIGI said this year another outstanding Caribbean personality will address the gathering. Monroe is a renowned Oxford-trained academic, who is a Professor of Government and Politics at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Jamaica.
Like Murray, he is the head of the local Transparency International body in Jamaica. He is also the only person from the Caribbean to be an individual member of Transparency International, joining 27 others worldwide.
Monroe is a Jamaican political scientist, labour activist and politician. He was a Senator of the Parliament of Jamaica during the period 1998-2007 and has appeared regularly on Jamaica Speaks, a radio programme. He has authored and co-authored eight books, mainly on Caribbean democratic governance.
According to the release, Transparency International will be represented by Mr. Maximilan Heywood, Regional Coordinator for Transparency International’s Americas department, based in Berlin.
Originally from the UK, he lived in Argentina for several years, where prior to joining Transparency International in 2009, he worked as a researcher for the Economics Institute of the Cordoba Stock Exchange.
It was noted that members of the Diplomatic Corps have been invited to grace the occasion.
TIGI said tickets for the event are available at TIGI office at 157 Waterloo Street (Private Sector Building), North Cummingsburg, Georgetown, telephone # 592-231-9586.
TIGI expressed gratitude to all those organizations that have contributed financially towards the event, in particular, the Pegasus Hotel for providing the venue free of charge.
“We also wish to acknowledge publicly the financial contributions of the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom, though their representation in Guyana, to assist TIGI in the start up of its operations,” TIGI said.
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