President David Granger said that as Guyana works to develop a more socially cohesive society, it looks forward to sharing experiences with Canada, a country that can serve as a model of diversity and inclusion and which is known for its openness to immigrants.
A Ministry of the Presidency release said that the Head of State was speaking on Saturday at a reception hosted by Canadian High Commis-sioner, Pierre Giroux at his Bel Air residence to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Canada Confederation.
“Guyana, though considerably smaller in size than Canada, is also a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious society. Guyana is pursuing social cohesion so that all of our peoples, cultures and religions can coexist in harmony. Guyana, in this regard, welcomes the sharing of experiences with Canada in protecting its diversity and promoting inclusivity” the President said.
Giroux, in his remarks, noted that Guyana forms part of Canada’s diversity as tens of thousands of Guyanese have established roots there and have integrated successfully into Canadian life. The release said that Granger also lauded Canada’s consistent support for Guyana’s territorial integrity and sovereignty over the years. He said that this support reflects the two countries’ shared values of respect for international law, international treaties and the peaceful settlement of disputes.
The President also spoke of the mutually beneficial partnerships between the two countries in terms of trade, investment and social development. “Canada remains the principal source of foreign direct investment in Guyana’s gold mining sector. Guyana’s National Assembly, security and justice systems have benefitted from Canada’s assistance and support. Guyana values its long-standing and fruitful friendship with Canada,” he said.
Giroux, whose tour of duty has come to an end, said that the warmth and hospitality, which he and his family have experienced made his posting in Guyana one of the most successful assignments of his career.