Georgetown, Guyana – (December 13, 2017) President David Granger said that he notes the offer by the United Arab Emirates to support the participation of developing countries in the World Expo 2020, which that country will be hosting and added that Guyana will work towards being represented at the event. The Head of State made this announcement today when he accredited Ms. Hafsa Abdulla Mohammed Sharıf al Ulama as Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Guyana, adding that there is much Guyana can learn from that country’s renewable energy development commitments.

“Guyana is about to become a producer of petroleum. The United Arab Emirates is already a prosperous petroleum producing peninsula but, notwithstanding its hydrocarbon resources, has demonstrated a firm commitment to renewable energy development. We look forward to learning from the experience and expertise of the Emirates as we develop the petroleum sector of the economy,” the President said.

He noted, also, that Guyana will not be swayed from its objective of becoming a ‘green’ state, which will place emphasis on the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity and the generation of energy from renewable sources.

The President reminded of Air Services Agreement, which the two countries signed in 2015. This agreement, he said, can become a catalyst for the development of tourism and can increase contacts between the peoples of Guyana and the United Arab Emirates. “Guyana looks forward, also, to continued collaboration between our two countries within the ambit of the Organisation of Islamic States, the Non-Aligned Movement and the United Nations,” he said.

Meanwhile, the new Ambassador said that she has been given a mandate by President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to develop the relations between the two countries.

Guyana and the United Arab Emirates have enjoyed cordial relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties on February 6, 1995.

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