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Guyana: UK remains a strategic partner to Guyana

President Granger says at reception in honour of Queen’s 92nd birthday

PRESIDENT David Granger has reaffirmed that the United Kingdom (UK) remains a strategic partner of Guyana and expressed his Government’s appreciation for its support for Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, debt relief and for the anticipated benefits under the UK Caribbean Infrastructure Fund.

The President made these remarks Thursday evening at a reception held in celebration of the 92nd birth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II, which she celebrated on April 21. The event was held at the residence of the British High Commissioner to Guyana in Bel Air.

“We are confident that the strong ties which exist between our two states will be strengthened in the years ahead…. The UK, through the Department of International Development [DFID], has provided assistance to Guyana in the fields of agriculture, aquaculture, disaster-relief, education, economic competitiveness, governance, law enforcement, trade facilitation, water supply, judicial service reform, public sector reform and security sector reform,” the head of state said.

The President said the Queen is held in high esteem by the Commonwealth of which Guyana is a member state. This, he said, was reiterated by Commonwealth Heads at its most recent meeting in April.

Speaking of Guyana’s commitment to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, the President said that Guyana has been pleased to dedicate the Kanashen Protected Area, located in the Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo (Region Nine) to this laudable initiative, which is Her Majesty’s environmental legacy. The Kanashen Protected Area spans an area of almost 7,000 square kilometers, a little larger than Trinidad and Tobago.

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