I am pleased to accept the Letters of Credence accrediting you as Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.

I congratulate you on your appointment and welcome you to Guyana. I ask that you convey to His Excellency President Sauli Niinistö, my best wishes for his personal well-being and for the continued progress and prosperity of the people of the Republic of Finland.

This year, 2019, marks the 4oth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Guyana and Finland. Our two states have enjoyed cordial relations since the establishment of those ties on the 2nd April 1979.

Our relations are 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 regional peace and security.

Guyana looks forward to strengthening our bilateral relations, especially in the field of education. Guyana attaches the highest importance to education, which will become a linchpin of our Decade of Development: 2020-2029. We have much to learn from Finland’s excellent educational system.

Guyana has promulgated a ‘Green State Development Strategy’ and is moving towards becoming a ‘green state’. The ‘green state’ will place emphasis on the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity, the promotion of renewable energy and practical measures to ensure climate adaptation.

Guyana is aware of Finland’s efforts to transition to a carbon-neutral economy by 2035. We look forward to sharing experiences with Finland as regards the promotion of environmental security.

Guyana iterates its congratulations to Finland on its assumption of the presidency of the Council of the European Union. We look forward to Finland’s support in strengthening the partnership between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.

I assure you of the full support of my Government in the discharge of your duties as Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to Guyana and extend best wishes to you for a successful tenure.

I thank you.

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