Jul 15, 2017 News
During the reception to mark the 201st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the Argentine Republic at the Marriott Hotel, President Granger used the occasion to celebrate the close and cordial ties between
Guyana and that country since the establishment of formal diplomatic ties on October 6, 1972.
Attending the event in addition to President David Granger and his wife, Sandra, were former Presidents, Donald Ramotar and Sam Hinds; Members of Parliament; the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Barton Scotland; Members of the Diplomatic Corps; and Government Ministers.
Toasting to continued strong bilateral relations, President Granger said, “Guyana expresses its appreciation for the support provided by Argentina in defence, education, health, sports and other fields.”
He noted that Guyana looks forward to continued cooperation with Argentina in the areas of renewable energy, the exploitation of its forests in a sustainable manner and of lands damaged by irresponsible farming, logging and mining.
The Head of State said that both countries share the common values of respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty; non-interference in the internal affairs of states; respect for treaties and international law and the maintenance of peace and security.
He noted, too, that the two states continue to collaborate within regional institutions including: the Union of South American States (UNASUR), the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
These for a, he said, provides Guyana and Argentina with the opportunity to work with other liked-minded states of the South to address issues of economic and social development of their peoples and promote the principles of peace, democracy and promotion of human rights.
“Guyana and Argentina can look forward to working together to preserving the southern hemisphere as a zone of peace,” he asserted.
Argentina’s Ambassador to Guyana, Luis Alberto Martino, informed that Guyana and Argentina have not only consolidated on existing projects but also established new areas of cooperation such as healthcare.
“A team of Argentine experts in the field of haematology visited Guyana on two occasions; October and November, on an assessment and capacity-building mission… During August 2016, Phase III of the project was executed, which involved a visit to Buenos Aires of three Guyanese experts to strengthen that capacity-building even further, Phase IV will take place in September 2017,” the Ambassador said.
In the area of art and culture, Ambassador Martino announced that between September 2 and September 9, a team of experts in plastic arts will visit Guyana to work with the National Art Gallery at Castellani House on a project that will see the restoration and preservation of around 40-50 pieces of Guyanese art work.
In the field of sports, the two countries are engaged in bilateral discussions with a view to bringing Guyana an elite technical director from Argentina to train local rugby players.
There has also been significant cooperation in the area of defence. The Ambassador informed that a graduate from the Colonel Ulric Pilgrim Officer Cadet School is now part of a three-month long voyage across the Atlantic Ocean with the Argentine Naval Military aboard the sail ship La Libertad.
The Argentine Republic emerged from the historic Congress of San Miguél de Tucumán of July 9, 1816, when delegates declared the Independence of the United Provinces of South America.
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