President commended for highlighting importance of Guyana’s Natural Resources at int’l forum

DPI, GUYANA, Thursday, March 29, 2018

President David Granger was commended by the Cabinet for highlighting the importance of the natural resources of Guyana and the Guiana Shield, to the health and well-being of the planet, at the recently hosted World Water Forum in Brasilia, Brazil, and the XXIV Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-level Authorities on Tourism hosted at the Marriott Hotel.

President David Granger addressing the eighth World Water Forum in Brasilia, Brazil.

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, speaking during a post-Cabinet press conference today said the president briefed the Cabinet on his interventions at the events.

The recommendation for the sustainable use of those resources in their pristine state and the importance of hemispheric cooperation for the preservation of the patrimony of the Americas were also noted.

During the World Water Forum, President Granger called for the introduction of further initiatives to protect freshwater resources, particularly the rivers of the Guiana Shield, which, he said, has an important role to play in ensuring global water security.

A three-point plan was also outlined by the Guyanese leader, aimed at enhancing a global commitment to continuous attention and unceasing action; increased collaboration among states, which share the waters of rivers and to improve conservation of water resources and the protection of the environment to maintain the integrity of the earth’s rivers and lakes.

The XXIV Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on Tourism was held under the theme “Connecting the Americas through Sustainable Tourism” from March 21-22, 2018 and was jointly coordinated by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Department of Tourism, Ministry of Business.

During the opening ceremony, President Granger underscored that the Americas possess more than the traditional Mediterranean and Pacific sun, sand, and sea tourism but are also rich in cultural diversity.

The tourism industries, the Head of State noted, must be protected from the perils of transnational threats such as cybercrime and trafficking in drugs, guns, and people, highlighting that security cooperation against transnational threats will societies safer for both citizens and tourists.

 

By Stacy Carmichael

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