GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- On his first visit to Guyana, Brazilian Vice Admiral Ademir Sobrinho met President Donald Ramotar on Tuesday for talks aimed at strengthening ties between the Brazilian navy and Guyana Defence Force (GDF) coastguard.
Sobrinho and Ramotar discussed the possibility of Brazil supporting Guyana in the area of marine transport in hinterland communities, medivac and health care services.
Two initiatives are aimed at providing maintenance support to the GDF coast guard vessels and to also “qualify the GDF crews.”
Brazil has in the past been one of the main overseas partners with Guyana to provide training for the GDF coastguard. One such was the on-the-job training onboard Brazilian military vessels.
In 2009, eleven officers of the Guyana Defence Force participated in a local 16-week training programme focused on several aspects of coastguard operations.