Address of His Excellency Brigadier David Granger President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana at the Accreditation Ceremony of Her Excellency Maria Clara Duclos Carisio, Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil. December 11, 2019.
I am pleased to accept the Letters of Credence accrediting you as Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. I congratulate you on your appointment and welcome you to Guyana.
I ask that you convey to His Excellency President Jair Messias Bolsonaro my best wishes for his personal well-being and for the continued progress of the people of Brazil.
Guyana and Brazil have enjoyed cordial relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties on 26th August 1968.
Our relations are founded on the principles of mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for treaties and international law and the maintenance of international peace and security.
Guyana is appreciative of the assistance received from the Government of Brazil through civilian and military technical cooperation projects, most recently, aimed at building capacity in several fields:
– The Brazilian Cooperation Agency’s Technical Cooperation Project: Capacity Building in Institutional and Policy Structures for Water Resources Management in Guyana in 2019, which provided training for Guyanese technicians by the National Water Agency of Brazil.
– The Complementary Agreement to the Basic Agreement on Technical Cooperation signed in 2017 which resulted in the successful drilling of eight artesian wells, by the Brazilian Army’s 6th Construction Engineering Battalion in the Rupununi Region.
– The Brazilian Cooperation Agency’s Technical Cooperation training in phytosanitary methods and the harmonization of procedures and legislation related to the Control and Eradication of the Carambola Fruit Fly, offered to Guyanese personnel of the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute.
– The Guyana-Brazil Joint Commission on Police Cooperation and Drugs which builds capacity and enhances cooperation between the Guyana Police Force and the Federal Police of Brazil to combat transborder crimes.
– The Complementary Agreement to the Joint Commission for the Development of Infrastructure Projects signed in 2017 establishing a Transportation Technical Committee tasked with assessing the modalities for the pavement of the Mabura-Lethem phase of the Linden-Lethem-Port Georgetown Link project.
Guyana and Brazil share a common vision of the continent of South America as a zone of peace. Guyana will continue to work with Brazil to advance the Initiative for the Integration of the Regional Infrastructure of South America.
Guyana and Brazil share a common interest in preserving the Guiana Shield as their natural patrimony. It is important that our two countries continue to cooperate to explore sustainable pathways of environmental protection.
Guyana looks forward to future collaboration with Brazil in the field of environment and the preservation of the Guiana Shield and as we seek to strengthen our collaboration in institutions such as the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation.
Guyana is moving towards the establishment of a “green state”. The ‘Green State’ will see increased emphasis on the protection of the environment, the preservation of its biodiversity, the promotion of the generation of energy from renewable sources and the adoption of practical measures to ensure climate adaptation.
Guyana reaffirms its commitment to strengthening relations with Brazil and advancing bilateral cooperation in the fields of defence, education, health, infrastructure, petroleum and security.
Guyana and Brazil are both continental neighbours and collaborators in security and development. Your accreditation is a consolidation of our cordial relations and commitment to our common ideals.
I assure you of the full support of my Government in the discharge of your duties as Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.
I extend my best wishes to you as you fulfill your mandate. Ω