The Arawak are a group of indigenous peoples of South America and historically of the Caribbean. Specifically, the term “Arawak” has been applied at various times to the Lokono of South America and the Taíno, who historically lived in the Greater Antilles and northern Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean, all of whom spoke related Arawakan languages
In a Stabroek News editorial comment to my letter, titled “Least developed countries like Guyana can benefit from the Organization of Islamic Conference,” Saturday, March 15th 2008, on the just concluded OIC Summit in Dakar, Senegal it was stated that “We have been informed that Guyana’s Ambassador to India Mr. Ronald Gajraj and Mr. Fazeel Ferouz President of the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) attended the Summit.” I was informed by the OIC and Senegal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that Mr. Ronald Gajraj was expected in Dakar, however he did not attend the summit.
Here again we have witnessed was another diplomatic fiasco by the Guyana Ministry of Foreign Affairs due to bad planning and micro-management. If the Guyanese delegation was formalized in advance and arrangement was made for them to travel in a timely manner this poor image of Guyana could have been avoided.
Thirty-Seven heads of states attended the summit, and according to the OIC office in Jeddah and ISESCO in Rabat, Morocco, CIOG’s Fazeel Ferouz was there only on the final day of the summit, March 14, 2008. This is another embarrassing diplomatic blunder especially after Senegal sent a three-member delegation to invite President Bharrat Jagdeo personally to the Heads of State Summit.