Updated on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 4:25 p.m. by Denis Chabrol
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Caribbean and Haiti Affairs Barbara A. Feinstein will hold wide-ranging talks this week with the Guyanese government, opposition, and civil society, the U.S. Embassy announced Wednesday.
Ms. Feinstein’s March 24-26 visit to Guyana comes amid frequent calls by US Democratic Congressmen and President Joe Biden for “inclusive” economic growth for all races and the preservation of democracy. .
“His visit underscores the continued importance the United States places on the U.S.-Guyanese partnership,” the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown said.
Its program includes meetings with Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo, members of the opposition, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the private sector and civil society.
While the opposition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change strongly accuses the government of racial and political discrimination and corruption, the ruling People’s Progressive Party has denied these accusations and insisted that the opposition recognize it as having was legitimately elected in March 2020. The coalition and the government have accused each other of electoral malfeasance.
Ms. Feinstein most recently served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Caribbean, Haiti, Cuba, Mexico and Central America Affairs with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She has held various leadership positions at USAID, including as Senior Assistant Administrator for Legislative Affairs; Deputy Chief of Staff to Administrator Rajiv Shah, Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to Acting Administrator Alonzo Fulgham; and special assistant to Administrator Henrietta Fore. Other assignments include service with the United States Departments of State and Defense.
Ms. Feinstein served on the professional staff of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and the House International Relations Committee of the United States Congress.
She holds a Masters in International and Public Affairs from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ms. Feinstein speaks Spanish and Portuguese.