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Avellon Williams 

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, -His Excellency President Dr. Irfaan Ali said the establishment of partnerships with “like-minded countries” and institutions is critical for achieving the sustainable development goals of ending poverty, ending hunger, improving food security, promoting sustainable agriculture, and improving nutrition.

While accrediting their high commissioners to Guyana, the head of state spoke Wednesday about strengthening relationships with the Philippines and Zimbabwe.

H.E Mario Chan, /Image, GPIA/

President Ali also accepted the Letters of Credence from H.E Mario Chan as the Non-Resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to Guyana. He also gave a nod to the Letters of Commission from H.E Ignatius Graham Mudzimba as the Non-Resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

H.E Ignatius Graham Mudzimba, /Image, GPIA/

In his speech, he discussed the potential of agriculture cooperation and its importance for both countries.

“A large part of my government’s strategy is to expand and diversify all sectors of the economy, with a particular emphasis on agriculture… Agriculture is an important part of your country’s economy; it drives growth and development and is a major employer. Guyana is eager to explore opportunities for cooperation in this area,” he told Ambassador Chan.

Additionally, the president discussed agriculture and food production with Ambassador Mudzimba.

“My government has placed a great emphasis on the transformation of our agriculture sector with a focus on diversification of food production, coupled with a focus on soil care. I believe that these are areas where Guyana and Zimbabwe can find synergies for shared technologies.”

Moreover, President Ali told the Zimbabwean ambassador that the two countries could build a practical framework to enhance bilateral cooperation in areas where both countries could utilize their expertise to aid the development of certain sectors of their economies.

His Excellency President Dr. Irfaan Ali (West) , H.E Ignatius Graham Mudzimba (right) /Image, GPIA/

Apart from agriculture, the president also said there was potential for cooperation between Guyana and Zimbabwe in the fields of education and tourism.

“I also would like to encourage visits from Zimbabwean companies to explore joint ventures and investments in Guyana. We also stand ready to enhance our collaboration with Zimbabwe at the multilateral level to advance the interests of our two countries and regions on issues high on the international agenda, particularly those relating to climate change.”

He also mentioned climate change and how it affects the people of the Philippines in his statement to ambassador Chan.

“We will continue to impress on the necessity for support, by the international community, in helping small states to monitor, prevent and manage climate and disaster risks.”

At the same time, the Philippines’ “steadfast efforts” in reducing Covid-19 were lauded by the president.

During his remarks, he commended the country’s commitment to contributing to COVAX’s Advance Markets commitment through GAVI, the vaccine alliance, which serves as a platform for equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines.

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