India’s new High Commissioner sworn in
─ Guyana looks forward to continued cooperation between the two nations
DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, August 14, 2019
His Excellency, President David Granger, on Wednesday, accepted a letter of credence from India’s new High Commissioner to Guyana, His Excellency Dr. K. J. Srinivasa’s.
During his remarks, President Granger noted that India was among the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Guyana after it gained independence on May 26, 1966. Guyana and India, he said, have enjoyed excellent relations over the past 53 years.
“Our relations have been characterised by cooperation and collaboration in the fields of agriculture, culture, diplomacy, public health, public information, housing, information communication technology, infrastructural development, investment, renewable energy, sport, trade, training and water,” the Head of State remarked.
President Granger said Guyana looks forward to continued cooperation between the two nations which will be enhanced by high-level contacts between officials of both states.
“Guyana signed and ratified the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance in January 2018. I reaffirmed our commitment to the ‘Alliance” during my attendance at the First Summit of the International Solar Alliance held in New Delhi in March last year.”
Guyana also looks to continue cooperation with India in pursuit of its goal of becoming a solar state – a key component of Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy, the Head of State said.
The newly accredited Indian High Commissioner to Guyana reiterated India’s commitment to assisting in the overall development of Guyana. According to the High Commissioner, immense opportunities exist for both countries to further enhance bilateral trade. This includes agriculture and food processing, oil and gas, renewable sources of energy, forestry, drugs and pharmaceuticals, public infrastructure, education etc.
“India is committed to Guyana’s overall development and India’s participation in the development process in the various sectors of Guyana’s economy would continue which would help in bringing the two countries closer,” he said.
H.E Dr. Srinivasa replaces Venkatachalam Mahalingam who came here in 2014.
During his tenure, Mahalingam aided in fostering social cohesion through the hosting of various cultural events. These events saw the participation of descendants of East Indians as well as all ethnic groups in the country. The Indian Arrival Monument and the Information Technology’s Centre of Excellence are a testimony of High Commissioner Mahalingam’s fruitful stay in Guyana.