People’s Republic of China National Day, 2019

The Cooperative Republic of Guyana extends congratulations to His Excellency President Xi Jingping and to the government and people of the People’s Republic of China on the occasion of the auspicious celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on 1st October 1949.

Guyana applauds China for its social and economic progress over the past seven decades. China has achieved much to ensure consistent and positive development in transforming infrastructure and improving technology.

Guyana and China established diplomatic relations forty-seven years ago on 27th June 1972. These relations continue to be strengthened through cooperation in the political, economic and cultural fields and have resulted in the conclusion of agreements and exchanges, particularly in infrastructural development and training.

It was my honour to welcome His Excellency Wang Yi, State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, to Guyana in September last year.

His visit resulted in the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Provision of a Concessional Loan between the Government of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and the Government of the People’s Republic of China for the implementation of the National Broadband Project; and the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between the Government of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and the Government of the People’s Republic of China for Grant Aid, which will be used for the development of the Public Service Staff College.

Guyana is grateful to China for its contribution to the infrastructural development of our country through the construction and rehabilitation of the Arthur Chung Conference Centre; the upgrading of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport; the construction of a four-lane highway on the East Coast of Demerara and the Sheriff Street-Mandela Avenue Road Enhancement Project.

The Arthur Chung Conference Centre, for example, is an appropriate setting that symbolises the cooperation between our two states. The construction and rehabilitation of this building was made a reality through China’s support.

China has been a reliable partner in the development of Guyana’s human resources. This is evident in the recent awarding of scholarships to eleven Guyana Defence Force officers to pursue advanced studies in China mainly in scientific, technological and engineering fields.

Guyana is pleased, also, for China’s continued support for the annual visit of the Chinese Medical Brigade.

I wish to reaffirm my Government’s commitment to continuing the robust friendship which exists between Guyana and China. We look forward to strengthening bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of our peoples.

Please join me in a toast to the health of His Excellency President Xi Jingping, to the prosperity of the people of the People’s Republic of China and to the continued friendship between our two states.

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