Georgetown, Guyana – (December 13, 2017) President David Granger reaffirmed Guyana’s support for The Bahamas in their reconstruction process even as they work to recover from the recent catastrophic hurricane season and said that there is much scope for strengthened cooperation between the two states especially in the areas of agriculture, education and tourism. The Head of State made these remarks today, when he accepted Letters of Credence from Mr. Reuben Rahming, accrediting him the new High Commissioner of The Bahamas to Guyana.

“Guyana and The Bahamas are members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a community where every citizen can be secure and has the opportunity to realise his or her potential with guaranteed human rights and social justice… Our two countries have enjoyed excellent relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations on August 10, 1973. Guyanese teachers and lawyers continue to contribute to The Bahamas’ public services,” President Granger said.

Meanwhile, High Commissioner Rahming said that the new administration in The Bahamas has a lot in common with the Government of Government as both are committed to fighting corruption and climate change and pursuing greater economic prosperity for the peoples of their respective countries.

He also spoke of The Bahamas’ high food import bill, which he said that his country is seeking to reduce through increased production and the strengthening of the agricultural sector. In this regard he said that, “there is much that we stand to learn from Guyana and look forward to engaging in discussions at the technical level towards this end.”

The Bahamas is a leader in tourism and the new High Commissioner said that he will work to increase the tourism exchange between the two countries. He noted too, that given the diversity of the two countries’ respective tourism products, there is much they can learn from each other so as to keep the tourism in the region strong and vibrant.

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