First Kenyan High Commissioner to Guyana accredited

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, November 20, 2019

His Excellency, President David Granger, on Wednesday, accepted Letters of Credence from Anthony Mwaniki Muchiri, the first Kenyan High Commissioner of the Republic of Kenya to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana at an accreditation ceremony at the Ministry of the Presidency. Also, in attendance was Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Dr. Karen Cummings.

According to the Head of State, Guyana looks forward to learning from Kenya’s expertise in developing its ecotourism potential and improving wildlife management; having met His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, during his visit to Kenya for the Third United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi. Also during the visit, he had the opportunity to present his assessment of the threat of environmental degradation and its impact on human security.

“Guyana has promulgated a Green State Development Strategy which will see increased emphasis being placed 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 notes Kenya’s National Climate Change Action Plan which seeks to address the options for a low-carbon, climate-resilient development pathway. The adverse effects of climate change and the vulnerability of our states are shared national priorities,” the president noted.

He added that Kenya’s success in its conservation of wildlife is acknowledged internationally and Guyana can learn from Kenya’s experience and expertise in developing its ecotourism potential and improving wildlife management and protection policy.

The president noted that Guyana looks forward to working closely with Kenya, at both the bilateral and multilateral levels, to strengthen solidarity through regional mechanisms such as the Caribbean Community and the African Union.

In his remarks, the High Commissioner, Anthony Muchiri said he will work to foster a closer relationship with Guyana, particularly in the areas of trade and investment. His appointment, the president noted, marks the dawn of a new friendship aimed at bringing the two countries together for the benefit of its peoples.

Guyana and Kenya have enjoyed cordial relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties in December 1970. The two countries relationship is 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.

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