President David Granger, last evening, said that bilateral ties between Guyana and Mexico remain strong as the two countries have cooperated in the areas of agriculture, disaster management, education, oil and gas and trade.
The President was at the time delivering the feature address at a reception held at the Marriott Hotel Guyana to commemorate Mexico’s 208th independence anniversary.
“Mexico’s Independence gave birth to a nation, which today enjoys regional and global respect. Mexico can be proud of its achievements over the past two hundred and eight years. Guyana and Mexico have enjoyed excellent relations since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations on March 1, 1973. Guyana and Mexico this year celebrated forty-five years of diplomatic ties. Mexico has provided a valued, new market for Guyana’s rice; provided valuable technical support to resuscitate the coconut industry; provided scholarships to build Guyana’s human resource capacity; provided assistance in the field of disaster management and has begun to work towards cooperation in the field of oil and gas,” President Granger said.
The Head of State said following the Fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit, held in Belize, last October, he met Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto and Mexico decided to provide training to Guyana in disaster management.
Since then, two representatives from Guyana’s Civil Defence Commission (CDC) have since gone to Mexico to attend a disaster preparedness workshop.
“Guyana’s relations with Mexico remain unshakeable. Our two states are forging enduring and fruitful ties. Guyana, on this auspicious occasion, reaffirms its close friendship with Mexico,” said President Granger.
Meanwhile, Mexican Ambassador to Guyana, His Excellency, Ivan Roberto Sierra-Medel, said that Mexico is grateful for Guyana’s support and friendship as he noted that significant progress has been made in key areas of bilateral relations.
He noted that while cooperation has increased, particularly in the areas of climate change adaptation, disaster preparedness and response and education, there has been much success in the rice industry.
“Reciprocity is the bedrock of diplomacy so Guyana’s amazing hospitality encourages us to work harder to yield better results. Mexico is now the largest buyer of Guyana’s paddy. In just 12 months, we have bought more than 200,000 tonnes of paddy from Guyana and may I say, high quality paddy,” said the Mexican Ambassador.
The event was also attended by First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, Prime Minister, Mr. Moses Nagamootoo, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge, other Ministers of the Government and members of the diplomatic corps.