Georgetown, Guyana – (March 27, 2019) President David Granger, this morning, accepted Letters of Credence from Her Excellency, Alfreda Chilekwa Kansembe Mwamba, acceding her as the new Non-Resident High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.

At the simple ceremony held at the Ministry of the Presidency, the Head of State said that as Guyana moves towards the establishment of a ‘green state’ focus would be placed on the protection of the country’s environment, the preservation of biodiversity, the promotion of renewable energy and the adoption of practical measures to ensure climate adaptation. In this regard, Guyana looks to Zambia to learn from its experience in promoting ‘green’ jobs.

“Your appointment will create the opportunity for both our nations to exchange good practices and experiences in ‘green’ development,” said President Granger.

Similarly, High Commissioner Mwamba said Guyana and Zambia has a long history of friendship and she believes the time is ripe to concretise those bilateral relations, particularly in the areas of agriculture and tourism.

The newly accredited non-resident High Commissioner said Zambia stands ready to cooperate with Guyana for mutual benefits while calling for the exchange of skills between the two countries.

Guyana and Zambia have enjoyed excellent relations since the establishment of formal diplomatic ties on February 11, 1971. Relations between the two states have been founded on mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non- interference in each other’s internal affairs, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for treaties and international law and the maintenance of international peace and security.

Additionally, relations between the two countries were cemented by the close personal friendship between Guyana’s first Prime Minister Forbes Burnham and Zambia’s first President, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, who were both passionate advocates of the African Liberation. President’s Kaunda’s visit to Guyana in 1975 helped to deepen relations between the two states.

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