THE construction of a bridge linking Guyana and Suriname, the sharing of oil- and-gas expertise, and joint efforts to fight COVID-19 are just some of the areas Guyana and Suriname will immediately commence working towards, following discussions between the countries’ two Presidents.
During the engagement, which occurred at a working breakfast hosted by President Irfaan Ali at State House on Sunday, it was emphasised that both Presidents are interested in immediate action, and will therefore hold themselves to a goal-oriented timeline.
The discussions involved the President of Guyana and his Surinamese counterpart, Mr. Chandrikapersad Santokhi, and members of the local Private Sector Commission (PSC) and representatives of both governments.
Also in attendance were US Ambassador to Guyana Ms. Sarah-Ann Lynch; Canadian High Commissioner Ms. Lillian Chatterjee; and British High Commissioner Mr. Greg Quinn.
Representing Guyana and Suriname on behalf of their governments were the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana Mr. Hugh Todd, and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Suriname, Mr. Albert Ramdin; along with Guyana’s Minister of Public Works, Bishop Juan Edghill, and Minister of Tourism Oneidge Waldron.
In his remarks to the media, President Ali said that within 24-hours, Guyana and Suriname were able to agree to collaborate in a number of thematic areas. These include, but are not limited to oil and gas, infrastructure, border and maritime security, COVID-19, mining, technology, agriculture, the ‘green’ economy initiative, and joint engagement on local content.