Guyana to in­ten­sify work with France on en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion

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Pres­i­dent David Granger last evening joined with Am­bas­sador of the French Repub­lic, An­toine Joly and mem­bers of the French com­mu­nity in Guyana to cel­e­brate France’s Na­tional Day, com­mem­o­rat­ing the storm­ing of the Bastille on July 14, 1789.

The re­cep­tion was held at Cara Lodge on Quam­ina Street, Georgetown.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency, the Pres­i­dent in his ad­dress re­it­er­ated Guyana’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the role played by France in con­sum­mat­ing the Paris Agree­ment on Cli­mate Change. He said that Guyana and France, through the French Guiana, are part of the vast Guiana Shield in north­ern South Amer­ica and share com­mon con­cerns over the state of earth’s en­vi­ron­ment.

“Guyana is in tran­si­tion to­wards be­com­ing a ‘green state’ which will place in­creas­ing em­pha­sis on the pro­tec­tion of our en­vi­ron­ment, the preser­va­tion of our bio­di­ver­sity and the pro­mo­tion of prac­ti­cal mea­sures to en­sure cli­mate adap­ta­tion.

Guyana, in this re­gard, looks for­ward to ex­tend­ing its co­op­er­a­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion with France in or­der to pre­serve the en­vi­ron­men­tal se­cu­rity of the Guiana Shield,” he said.

Am­bas­sador Joly re­minded the gath­er­ing of the French Pres­i­dent, Em­manuel Macron’s in­vi­ta­tion to Heads of State, civil so­ci­eties and other devel­op­men­tal part­ners to the Paris Peace Fo­rum in Novem­ber later this year, to de­lib­er­ate on the ne­ces­sity of bet­ter lo­cal and global gov­er­nance.

“I am happy also with our very good bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship that al­lows us to have a part­ner­ship of trust…our re­la­tion­ship will open up even more…with the de­ci­sion of the French Oil Com­pany, To­tal, to ex­plore your oil re­sources,” he said.

Guyana and France es­tab­lished for­mal diplo­matic re­la­tions on June 22, 1967.

(Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency photo)

Pres­i­dent David Granger (cen­tre) greet­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Ramo­tar at the French Na­tional Day ob­ser­vance last evening at Cara Lodge.

Am­bas­sador An­toine Joly (left) shares a toast with Pres­i­dent David Granger and First Lady San­dra Granger. (Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency photo)

Part of the gath­er­ing at the event (Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency photo)

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