Event Recap

New Atlanticist

Sep 15, 2023

Guyana’s president pushes for ‘self-sufficiency’ and a ‘balanced’ approach to climate talks

By Daniel Hojnacki

Guyanese President Irfaan Ali outlined his country’s ambitious agenda for reducing food and energy insecurity in the Caribbean region.

Human Rights Resilience & Society

The Caribbean Initiative at the Atlantic Council hosted on September 14, 2023, an #ACFrontPage conversation with Guyanese President Irfaan Ali.

Guyana is rapidly emerging as a regional and global leader. The country’s growing energy sector, track record of protecting its environment, and role in strengthening food security for the Caribbean have catapulted Guyana into spotlight. With this growing international platform, opportunities exist to shape global decision making and outcomes from world events.

Ali discussed plans to expand Guyana’s leadership and influence worldwide, in the hopes of cementing a place for itself and other Small Island Developing States on the global stage.

The Caribbean Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center was pleased to present this event as part of the #ACFrontPage event series, our premier ideas platform spotlighting global leaders and championing constructive solutions to global challenges.

An #ACFrontPage Event

Atlantic Council Front Page is our premier live ideas platform for global leaders to discuss the defining challenges of our time. #ACFrontPage is a high-level event series featuring top newsmakers across multiple digital platforms. Harnessing the convening power and expertise of the Council’s sixteen programs and centers, #ACFrontPage leverages the Council’s capabilities in social media, press, and digital outreach to spotlight the world’s most prominent leaders and the most compelling ideas across sectors and engage new audiences eager for nonpartisan and constructive solutions to current global challenges. This widely promoted program features the Council’s most important guests and content serving as the highlight of our programming.

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

Opening remarks

Fred Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

In conversation with

Zeba Warsi
Foreign Affairs Producer
PBS NewsHour


The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s Caribbean programming began in February 2021 to raise awareness about key Caribbean Community (CARICOM) priorities with US and global stakeholders while deepening US engagement with the region around shared interests. The programming serves as a platform for US and Caribbean stakeholders to offer new and innovative insights to benefit a closer US-Caribbean partnership and the overall prosperity, stability, and well-being of the region.

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.