PM, Guyanese President discuss resuscitating agreements between countries

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 14:45

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has met with Guyana's President Brigadier David Granger and members of the Guyanese Cabinet.

The meeting took place at State House, Main Street, Georgetown, Guyana.

The prime minister was accompanied by Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs Senator Dennis Moses and Press Secretary Arlene Gorin-George.

A statement by the Office of the Prime Minister says talks focused on strengthening the relationship between the two countries and "the exploration of mutually beneficial development opportunities".

It says the leaders identified a number of areas where agreements between the two countries existed, but were expired or not fully operationalized.

These included the renewal and furtherance of an expired Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2013 for cooperation in energy and energy-related matters; full recognition of Caribbean Airlines as Guyana's national air carrier, as well as initiatives in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors with a view to attaining food security.

It was further agreed that, in an effort to ensure agreements between the two countries are effectively implemented, a high-level joint committee is to be resuscitated.

The first meeting of the committee is expected to be held by March 30th 2017 in Trinidad and Tobago.

The committee will be expected to meet at least twice per year, alternately in each country, with the provision that either party could request additional meetings as deemed necessary. 

Following the meeting, Prime Minister Rowley and his team were hosted to lunch by President Granger. 

President Granger's team included the Carl B. Greenidge, 2nd Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Raphael G.C. Trotman, Minister of Natural Resources and Noel Leroy Holder, Minister of Agriculture.