– Guyana, Venezuela to further strengthen relations
President Nicolas Maduro Moros of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is scheduled to arrive in Guyana today. This will be his first visit to this country since being elected to office in April 2013, following the death of President Hugo Chavez.
During the opening session of bilateral discussions between the Guyanese and Venezuelan delegations yesterday, at the International Conference Centre, Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh said Guyana is hoping to further strengthen its relationship with its western neighbour through bilateral interactions over the two-day period which culminates today.
Without elaborating on the five thematic areas the countries will
be discussing, Dr. Singh mentioned that some ongoing mutual developmental initiatives are on the agenda. Government agencies represented at the discussions include the Ministries of Education, Public Works, and Agriculture, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority and the Guyana Energy Agency.
According to Dr. Singh, the Petrocaribe initiative, which was conceived by President Hugo Chavez, has been beneficial to Guyana and the Caribbean region. Whilst praising the friendly relationship Guyana and Venezuela have been enjoying over the years, he sympathized with the Venezuelan delegation for the passing of former president Chavez.
Also in attendance was Minister of Transport and Hydraulics, Robeson Benn.
The Venezuelan delegation, which was large in number, was headed by Asdrubal Chavez, General Secretary of Petrocaribe and Vice President of Petroleos de Venezuela and Reina Margarita Arratia Diaz Venezuelan Ambassador to Guyana.
Owing to the poor translation device provided by the Guyana International Conference Centre the interpretation of Chavez’s speech was not available. However, a Venezuelan reporter related to this publication that Chavez spoke of continued cooperation with and respect for Guyana, and fulfilling Hugo Chavez’s dream of a unified South America.
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