New Indian High Commissioner accredited
The construction of Guyana’s first specialty hospital at Turkeyen is among the top priorities for new Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Puran Mal Meena. This was among the projects mentioned as the envoy handed over his letters of Credence to President Donald Ramotar on Wednesday.
He is replacing Subit Kumar Mandal.
“I am confident that your appointment as High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Guyana, will serve as a mechanism for the further enhancement of this programme of cooperation and for strengthening of the relations between our two countries,” President Ramotar said.
In November 2011, the Indian Government approved a “soft loan” to fund the construction of a state-of-the-art specialty hospital for which the government is at present undertaking preparatory works at the identified site at Liliendaal.
The exchange of development experiences between Guyana and India has been made a reality through the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme, which has also afforded scholarships to Guyanese. ITEC was initiated in September 1964 as a bilateral programme, a statement from the government information agency noted.
The Guyana National Stadium at Providence which was constructed by the Indian firm Shapoorji Pallonji through a US$6M grant and a US$19M soft loan from the Indian Government is also a product of the two countries’ bilateral cooperation. (GINA photo)