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China to fund Guyana-Suriname bridge
Published on February 6, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The bridging of the Corentyne River that will link Guyana and Suriname remains a key area of focus for the governments of both countries, and at present the structure’s design is being formulated. The bridge will be funded by the Chinese government.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett said, “Guyana, at the request of Suriname, we have informed the Chinese government that we are supportive of the bridge across the Corentyne River.”

The Guyana government has sent letters of ‘no-objection’ to the foreign affairs ministries of Suriname and China for the construction of the bridge.

In 2010, the then president Bharat Jagdeo and his Surinamese counterpart, Desi Bouterse signed an accord for the undertaking of a feasibility study, on bridging the Corentyne River, as both countries pledged to pursue a closer working relationship.

The bridge was identified as one of the projects that would further physically integrate the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).

During a meeting in Suriname in 2012, President Donald Ramotar and President Bouterse had agreed to move to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to seek joint financing for the bridge.

They reiterated the significance of building the structure, noting that it would considerably enhance trade and economic relations and cultural exchanges between the peoples of the two nations.
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Claude Wharton:

Why is every significant project in Guyana being funded by the Chinese Government. Is this the sole country with which Guyana can strike deals.This monopoly being granted to the Chinese Government, is enslaving us again.They are purchasing influence, in the immediate future Guyana will be colonized again. Are we in another ten (10) years expected to see Chinese being allowed to come to Guyana and settle as a Right. The Opposition needs to be more outspoken on this issue. Underlying all of this, is my belief that Chinese are our Regime's chosen partner, coz they do not ask penetrating questions in the manner of other Big Donors, which suits the Incumbent with their penchant for secret Government. Granger had better wake up and smell the Roses.. this needs to be nipped in the Bud. It is dangerous for our Independence.


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