Georgetown, Guyana – (May 11, 2016) President David Granger, today, met with New Zealand High Commissioner to Guyana, Her Excellency Jan Henderson to discuss bilateral cooperation and other issues. The meeting was held at the Ministry of the Presidency.

High Commissioner Henderson, in a brief comment after the meeting, spoke highly of the cordial relations between Guyana and New Zealand, not only through the Commonwealth and cricket but also through a strong programme of bilateral cooperation.

“We have shared democratic values [and] what I am trying to do is to encourage even deeper relationships through … agriculture cooperation and cooperation on renewable energy technologies,” the High Commissioner said.

New Zealand has been lending support to Guyana in the implementation of the Mangrove Restoration Project and the Small Ruminants project, which focuses on building capacity in the development and application of improved husbandry practices and reproductive technologies.

New Zealand is also looking to garner Guyana’s support in its nomination of its former Prime Minister, Ms. Helen Clarke as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. Ms. Clark served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand; serving three successive terms from 1999 – 2008. She is also the first woman to head the United Nations Development Programme.

President Granger informed that this matter will be deliberated on collectively, by regional heads at the upcoming CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in July.

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