Georgetown, Guyana – (April 24, 2016) President David Granger held talks with Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The meeting between the two leaders took place on the margins of the Signing Ceremony of the Paris Agreement.

The President of Guyana shared with the Italian Prime Minister his government’s plans to promote a Green Economy. The President also took the opportunity to raise the possibility of Italian support for the Iwokrama Centre for International Rainforest Conservation and Development.

The Centre was established as a partnership between Guyana and the Commonwealth Secretariat to manage the Iwokrama forest, a unique reserve of 371,000 hectares of rainforest located in Guyana, “in a manner that will lead to lasting ecological, economic and social benefits to the people of Guyana and to the world in general”.

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