GEORGETOWN, GUYANA – Guyana 🇬🇾 is ready to partner with the Czech Republic 🇨🇿 and the Federal Republic of Nigeria 🇳🇬 in Agriculture and Food Security among other areas, according to His Excellency Dr. Irfaan Ali.
On Thursday, President Ali accepted letters of accreditation from diplomats of the two countries at the Office of the President on Shiv Chanderpaul Drive.
His Excellency Abubakar Danlami Ibrahim, the Nigerian Ambassador, was encouraged by the Head of State to meet with government officials from the key sectors as well as the private sector and called attention to the importance the country places on food security.
He informed the Ambassador that Guyana will be hosting an Agri-Investment Conference and Expo later this month, in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat. He noted that the ambassador’s participation at the event could assist in identifying potential areas of cooperation and investment in agriculture.
Likewise, the President told H.E Sandra Lang Linkensederova, the Czech Republic’s High Commissioner, that the challenges of the 21st Century transcend borders and the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of global interdependence.
“We should therefore not ignore what can be achieved collectively. Guyana is on a path of economic transformation and diversification leading to sustainable development. We recognise that if we want to achieve sustainable development as a developing country, one of the things we must tackle first is food security.”
The Czech Republic’s traditional economic sector is agriculture, he said, so both countries should work together in this field.
Additionally, the President noted that Guyana is improving its health facilities, and he would welcome Czech Republic’s assistance in that regard.
“It is my hope that we could embark upon a practical programme of bilateral cooperation in these and other areas for the mutual benefit of our peoples.”
AGREEMENT ON AIR SERVICES WITH NIGERIA
President Ali also told the Nigerian Ambassador that he is looking forward to the continued exchange of information between the two countries armed forces, as well as the signing of the negotiated bilateral air services agreement.
“Such an agreement will aid in the expansion of our trade relationships with Nigeria—an area which our two nations have already begun to embark upon, and it will also help to create vital connections on a regional and international scale.”
Additionally, the President said that both Nigeria and Guyana are oil-producing nations, and they can share experiences and explore economic opportunities together.
Additionally, he reminded him that Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy aims at supporting economic transformation through cleaner and cheaper energy and to provide climate and ecosystem services while allowing the country to invest in climate change adaptation and mitigation.
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