President Ramotar to hold bilateral talks with China’s President – during meeting in Trinidad and Tobago
Georgetown, GINA, May 31, 2013
President Donald Ramotar is expected to hold bilateral talks with China’s President Xi Jingping who arrived in Trinidad and Tobago today for an important meeting with Heads of State in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
President Ramotar will lead a delegation that includes Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett and Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh for the engagement over the weekend that seeks to strengthen the China-Caribbean relations.
Guyana is the first English-speaking Caribbean country to establish bilateral ties with China, and has maintained those relations for the last 40 years. Both countries have enjoyed frequent high-level exchanges at the political, diplomatic, economic and cultural levels.
The relations have benefitted Guyana socially and economically with a number of key projects, like the One Laptop Per Family, (OLPF) Amaila Falls Hydro project, the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and the construction of the world class Marriott hotel.
China has also supported Guyana in the health and security fields with roving medical missions and the donation of fire-fighting equipment from the Chinese government.
President Xi Jingping’s agenda includes a meeting with Trinidad’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissesar and her Cabinet.