Guyana’s economy is on track to grow by almost 60 percent this year with oil reserves that rank the second highest in Latin America and the Caribbean. The country is at the forefront of leading new Caribbean Community (CARICOM) initiatives to address the region’s almost $6 billion food import bill and high electricity prices. With its emerging regional role, the United States and Guyana have a unique opportunity to further build on the bilateral relationship.

How can recent US announcements from last month’s Summit of the Americas address CARICOM’s food and energy challenges? What steps is Guyana taking to lead regional initiatives aimed at improving food and energy security? How can a stronger US-Guyana partnership benefit long-term development and prosperity in the Caribbean?

Join the Caribbean Initiative at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Monday, July 25, 2022, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a public conversation with the President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, H.E. Irfaan Ali, on how he envisions the future of the US-Guyana relationship.

This conversation is part of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s Leaders of the Americas series, which spotlights prominent leaders and provides first-hand insight into and analysis of key opportunities, recent developments, and regional trends.

Keynote speaker

H.E. Irfaan Ali
Co-operative Republic of Guyana


Jason Marczak
Senior Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

Opening remarks

Melanie Chen
Founder, Caribbean Initiative
Board Member
Atlantic Council

Experts of the Americas Series

Experts of the Americas, a new video series by the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center of the Atlantic Council, will bring together thought leaders from countries and industries across the region for short, in-depth conversations on the most pressing issues of our time. Stay tuned for a new episode each month!

The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations and delivers constructive, results-oriented solutions to inform how the public and private sectors can advance hemispheric prosperity.