Stamp launched to commemorate half century relation with Brazil

─ this is third time stamps issued to celebrate relationship with Brazil

─ Brazil will launch commemorative stamps on October 26

─ Guyana and Brazil hosted a number of activities to mark 50-year anniversary

─ diplomatic relations between Guyana and Brazil began on August 26, 1968

DPI, Guyana, Friday, October 19, 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Telecommunications, launched limited stamps commemorating the 50-year anniversary of bilateral relations between Guyana and Brazil.

The simple launch took place in the boardroom of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. Minster of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge said the stamps mark 50 years of positive and productive relations between Guyana and Brazil.

“Over the subsequent 50 years, our two countries have solidified relations through close collaboration across a vast number of areas,” Minister Greenidge said.

Diplomatic relations between Guyana and Brazil began on August 26, 1968. The two countries are hosting a series of activities for the remainder of the year in celebration of the half-century anniversary.

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes pointed out this is the third commemorative stamp Guyana has issued in celebration of its relations with Brazil.

In 2003, Guyana printed limited edition stamps commemorating 35 years of bilateral relations between the two countries. In 2009, another limited-edition stamp was printed to commemorate the commissioning of the Takatu Bridge, which was constructed with assistance from Brazil.

The stamps launched today are also limited edition. They are two versions of the stamps which are valued at GY$280 with first-day covers available to stamp collectors.

“It [the stamp] is a testimony to our good relations and puts those relations in the annals of history,” Minister Hughes said.  

Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Brazil, Paulo Silos, noted the stamps are a concrete example of the friendship and trust that characterise the relationship between Guyana and Brazil. Silos noted the stamp is a monument to this relationship.

“This stamp is a multiple individual monument that comes relatively easy to thousands… The stamp multiplies its impact upon the many as an enduring testament of the constant evolution of Brazil’s and Guyana’s relationship to each other and to our wonderful world,” Silos said.

Brazil will release its version of the commemorative stamp on October 26. Commemorative stamps are limited edition positive stamps issued to honour or commemorate a place or event, person or subject.

By: Tiffny Rhodius

Images: Keno George  

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