Suriname ready to lend support to Guyana’s oil and gas industry

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, May 16, 2019

The new Surinamese Ambassador to Guyana, Ebu Jones, said that his country is ready to lend support to Guyana’s new and emerging oil and gas industry.

President David Granger and Suriname Ambassador to Guyana, Ebu Jones sharing a light moment in the presence of Minister of Foreign Cummings, Dr. Karen Cummings.

This assurance was given when Ambassador Jones presented his Letters of Credence to President David Granger on Wednesday.

“The Republic of Suriname with 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry is willing to share this knowledge with Guyana and, if necessary, to support the further development,” Ambassador Jones assured.  

Ambassador Jones pointed out that there is more potential for corporation for sustainable use of the two countries natural resources, as well as exploring the environmental tourism and agriculture opportunities both countries have to offer.

He said that it is important that the two countries maintain peace and find sustainable solutions to its border issues.

President Granger emphasised that the preservation of regional peace and security is vital to protecting the two countries common interests.

“Our relationship is founded on mutual respect for each other’s’ territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-interference in each other’s international affairs, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for treaties and international law and the maintenance of regional peace and security.”

The Head of State indicated that Guyana looks forward to working with the Dutch speaking country to continue to improve trade, to intensify cultural, economic, environmental and social cooperation and to combat transnational threats.

Formal diplomatic relations between  Guyana and Suriname were established on November 25, 1975. The two countries have since collaborated in the fields of agriculture, culture, environment, fisheries, mining, forestry, health, security, trade and transportation.

Synieka Thorne.

Image: keno George.