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Guyana seeking to expand economic cooperation with China
Published on September 28, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Prime Minister Samuel Hinds has reaffirmed that the Guyana government will work more closely with China to strengthen bilateral consultative mechanisms and to have even more frequent exchanges on multilateral issues.

Speaking at a reception at the Chinese Embassy on Wednesday evening to celebrate the 63rd Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, he restated Guyana’s appreciation to China’s steadfast support to the country and people over the past 40 years.

The prime minister, performing the duties of president, said that government is also seeking to expand its economic cooperation with China, “by diversifying trade and facilitating closer exchanges between respective private sectors.”

He expressed hope that the sixth China-Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Business Forum in Hangzhou will prove to be successful in this regard.

Hinds said that Guyana also looks forward to collaborating with China on issues and concern to both countries including food security and climate change and lauded the successful ventures between the two countries, experienced as a result of its 40 years of bilateral relation.

Aside from the infrastructure projects, he said that the country and people have had the opportunity to experience the vibrant culture of the Chinese and expressed confidence that the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of Guyana will usher in a new era of cultural cooperation between Guyana and China.

Over the 40 years of diplomatic relations, both countries have benefitted significantly from supporting each other. Guyana specifically has benefitted tremendously from projects such as the One Laptop per Family Initiative, which saw the Chinese government supplying thousands of laptop computers. Other areas of support include training of Guyana Defence Force air corps pilots and engineers, the donation of two new roll-on/roll-off ferry vessels and millions of dollars in aid.

The Guyana International Conference Centre was funded by a grant provided by the Chinese government. The Chinese also built the Skeldon factory, Region Six and have been lending their medical expertise to this country over the past 20 years with the presence of the Medical Brigade.
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