Excellency, I am pleased to accept your Letters of Credence accrediting you as High Commissioner of the Republic of Ghana to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. I congratulate you on your appointment and I welcome you to Guyana.
I ask that you convey my best wishes to His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, for his personal well-being and for the continued prosperity of the people of your country.
Excellency, as you pointed out, Guyana and Ghana are joined by ties of blood, history and common interests. Guyana joined in heralding Ghana’s Independence in 1957. Some cultural organizations observe, annually, the 6th March as Ghana Day.
Guyana and Ghana have enjoyed cordial relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties on 14th May 1979, forty years ago. Our relations are founded on mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for international law and treaties and the maintenance of international peace and security.
Excellency, the 4oth anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two states, this year, is a propitious time for deepening and strengthening cooperation between our states.
Guyana, in this regard, extends a warm welcome to the visiting high-level delegation and private sector delegation from Ghana. We anticipate that this visit will lay a solid foundation for cooperation between our states.
I had the pleasure of meeting His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference last year and again this year, during his visit to the Republic of Cuba. He has accepted my invitation to visit Guyana and we look forward to him being here in Georgetown next month.
Guyana prepares to host a State Visit of President Akufo-Addo on 11th -12th June 2019. We are confident that this visit will result in practical measures aimed at enhancing relations and cooperation between our two states, particularly in the fields of agriculture, culture, energy, environment, investment, petroleum production, private sector cooperation, tourism and transportation.
Excellency, Guyana is in transition towards the establishment of a ‘green state’ which will see more emphasis being placed on the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity, the promotion of renewable energy generation, and practical measures to ensure climate adaptation. Guyana’s ‘green state’ will allow us to respond more effectively to the challenges posed by climate change.
Climate change represents a threat to both of our countries’ economy and environment. We look forward to sharing experiences in building climate-resilient economic sectors.
Excellency, I assure you of the full support of my Government in the discharge of your duties as High Commissioner of the Republic of Ghana to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. I wish you every success as you fulfill your mandate.