Guyana remains committed to working with Suriname to heighten cooperation – President – as neighbouring state celebrates 38th Independence anniversary

Georgetown, GINA, November 23, 2013

 

President Donald Ramotar and Ambassador of the Republic of Suriname Nisha Kurban, this evening toasted to the mutual relations and solid partnership existing between the two countries at a celebration to mark Suriname’s 38th Independence anniversary which is observed on November 25.

A section of the audience gathered to mark Suriname’s 38th Independence anniversary at the embassy in Kingston

President Ramotar said Guyana remains committed to working with Suriname to enhance the level of cooperation that exists between the nations, and noted that they have developed a culture of sharing experiences and cooperating to achieve mutual development and peace. The relationship encompasses the trade, culture, health and security sectors.

 

The President applauded the Surinamese Government for its innovative strides over the years, particularly in the field of economic development. “This is evident in the recently released Debt Sustainable Analysis published by the Surinamese Bureau of State Debt which indicates the economic prospects for Suriname are promising during the period 2013 to 2017, with an expectant economic growth of 5.5%.  Not only is this testimony to the economic policies, but also the embracing of some fundamental values of democracy, equality and social justice which transcends political differences, religious affiliations and social class.  It is these values that make the relationship a rewarding experience for both countries,” President Ramotar stated.

Suriname’s Ambassador Nisha Kurban, President Donald Ramotar and Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett toast to Suriname’s 38th Independence anniversary

Guyana is pleased to be in the company of Suriname which along which other countries, has led South America in terms of recent economic growth.

As the only two Caricom countries to share a border, the relationship has seen the largest movement of persons between the two and this, the Head of State said, will be further enhanced with the building of a bridge across the Corentyne River. Plans for this structure are closer to becoming a reality, he noted.

 

Ambassador Nisha Kurban, reflecting on her country’s achievements since independence in 1975, said Suriname will continue to advance its integration agenda and formal ties with numerous countries. Suriname has revitalised the region with creative and innovative ideas which have strengthened CARICOM, UNASUR and CELAC the ambassador noted. “Let us combine our strengths to face the challenges of the global economic and financial crisis”.

Suriname’s Ambassador Nisha Kurban, President Donald Ramotar and the ambassador’s husband cut a cake to mark Suriname’s 38th Independence anniversary

Ambassador Kurban called for deeper ties in the fields of trade, agriculture, health, climate change and the fight against crime and violence. “It’s better to have a good neighbour than a distant friend,” she stated.

 

She also called on the private sectors of both nations to forge closer ties and explore new opportunities.

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