This morning, President David Granger accepted the Letters of Credence accrediting Dr K. J. Srinivasa as the High Commissioner of the Republic of India to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana. The president says that Guyana looks to continue its cooperation with India in pursuit of its goal of becoming a solar state – a key component of Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy.
In congratulating Dr Srinivasa, President Granger related that both countries are bound together by ties of blood, history, and common interests.
“Immigrants from India came to our country 181 years ago and their descendants, today, constitute a large proportion of our population. India was among the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Guyana after it became independent on the 26th May 1966. Our relations are founded on mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for treaties and international law and the maintenance of regional peace and security,” he said.
The president noted as well, that Guyana and India have enjoyed excellent relations over the past 53 years. These relations, he said, have been characterised by cooperation and collaboration in the fields of agriculture, culture, diplomacy, public health, public information, housing, information communication technology, infrastructural development, investment, renewable energy, sport, trade, training, and water.
“Our relations continue to be enhanced by high-level contacts between officials of both states. Guyana signed and ratified the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance in January 2018. I reaffirmed our commitment to the ‘Alliance” during my attendance at the First Summit of the International Solar Alliance held in New Delhi in March 2018. Guyana looks to continue its cooperation with India in pursuit of its goal of becoming a solar state – a key component of Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy,” the president told Dr Srinivasa.
The ‘Strategy’ – our road map towards becoming a ‘green state’ – emphasises the protection of Guyana’s environment, the preservation of its biodiversity, the promotion of renewable energy, and the adoption of practical measures to guarantee climate adaptation.
In his closing remarks, the president promised that the Guyana government will lend support in the discharge of High Commissioner’s mandate.