President David Granger has conferred his Ghanaian counterpart, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, with Guyana’s highest national award – The Order of Excellence.
Established in 1970 under the Constitution of the Orders of Guyana, The Order of Excellence is awarded for service to country, which would have significantly improved the lives of citizens and communities. However, President Granger explained that the orders also provide for the award to be bestowed upon a foreign national.
“The orders provide that the Order of Excellence of Guyana may be awarded to any distinguished citizen of another country who rendered valuable service to Guyana and whom for any other reason the state wishes to honour,” President Granger underscored.
In this regard, he announced that the Cooperative Republic of Guyana decided to confer the auspicious honour on the visiting Head of State. “For his dedication and commitment to the Commonwealth, to the Organisation of African Unity, to the economic community of West Africa, and for his unflinching support for the rights of developing states,” said President Granger upon conferring the national award.
The Guyanese leader also lauded what he described as President Akufo-Addo’s “valuable exertions in promoting economic security and stability on the continent of Africa, his steadfast dedication to regionalism and his tireless efforts to promote the interest of developing states.”
President Granger noted that developing countries look to the West African leader for continued leadership and stewardship in the protection of their gains and in securing their future.