President David Granger yesterday accepted Letters of Credence from Lilian Chatterjee, accrediting her the High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Guyana.According to a release from the Ministry of the Presidency, the President said that while the two countries have much in common in terms of stable economies and plural societies, Guyana has much to learn from Canada particularly in the areas of social cohesion and inclusionary democracy. To this end, he said that the Government welcomes the cooperation between the two states in enhancing parliamentary democracy and good governance.In terms of green development, the President said Guyana looks forward to working with Canada in the development of local alternative energy sources and in the sustainable development of its natural resources.High Commissioner Chatterjee, in her remarks, described the Guyana-Canada relationship as extraordinary. “Merchandise between our countries for 2016 was over $700M, positioning Guyana as Canada’s largest merchandise trading market within CARICOM and the third largest in the Caribbean. Canada is now Guyana’s top destination for exports,” she said.Further, Canadian companies have a robust presence in Guyana in the extractive, aviation, education, clean technology, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors.
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