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Guyana to open embassy in South Africa
Published on July 12, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ray Chickrie
Caribbean News Now contributor

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- According to Guyana’s Foreign Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, during the opening session of the Heads of Mission Conference that opened in Guyana on Monday, Guyana will soon establish an embassy in South Africa. Currently they share honourary consuls in their respective countries.

Guyana has been calling for strong coordination of foreign policies and shared diplomatic offices to fend off cost.

Rodrigues-Birkett said, “In fact, many countries and regions of the world look at us as one; we are 14 sovereign nations and as a group, we will be stronger. More and more heads of missions will be required to coordinate with their CARICOM counterparts,” she stated.

Rodrigues-Birkett continued, “There will be issues on which we differ, but we must respect each other’s positions, but there are many issues on which we share similar views and positions. We have already started in this direction, and I believe many countries have seen the benefit of doing so.”

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has said that his country is the gateway to the African continent and its 1 billion potential consumers.

According to Zuma, "South Africa provides the institutional stability, depth of financial markets, and regulatory efficiency that many corporates will look to capitalise on as a base for wider pan-African operations.”

In 2010, South Africa was added to the so-called BRIC group, an association of the world’s leading emerging economies. The group now consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, forming the new acronym BRICS. There are strong indications that the proposed BRICS Development Bank will be established in South Africa before next year.
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