Guyana to forge closer links with South American countries

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by Caribbean News Now Staff

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – As the only English-speaking country in South America, the government of Guyana has pledged to build a bigger and more integrated South American space.

This was disclosed by President Bharrat Jagdeo as the country took over the chairmanship of the Union of South American States (UNASUR) over the weekend.

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President Bharrat Jagdeo

Jagdeo said that there would be stronger political ties and coordination of foreign policies, taking common positions around the world on various issues.

The Guyana Chronicle reported that Guyana president said that his country will emphasise creating more opportunities for goods and services and the flow of people across borders, and breaking down colonial and historical barriers among the 12 UNASUR members.

He said he will also include continuing economic growth and creating a regional economic framework that is guided by a model that is indigenous.

Additionally, Jagdeo said, efforts will be made to ensure that the prosperity is used to better the lives of people through education, health, housing and other social development.

UNASUR should also be used in the upcoming period "to aggressively reform the United Nations, particularly the Security Council, the World Health Organisation (WTO) and to create a new financial global architecture that is sympathetic and that recognises our concerns," Jagdeo added.

He told a post summit press conference that Guyana will continue along the same work path as its predecessor, Ecuador, while emphasising the importance of continuing the work already started, and seeking to expand the body’s international reach.

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