[www.inewsguyana.com] – Guyana has officially accredited Pierre Giroux as the new Canadian High Commissioner following a meeting with President David Granger on Wednesday, August 19 at the Ministry of the Presidency.
Giroux arrived in Guyana with his wife Blanca Ureta- Giroux on August 14; he will also serve as the Canadian High Commissioner to Suriname and Canada’s Representative to CARICOM.
Giroux replaces Dr. Nicole Giles who served as Canada’s High Commissioner in Guyana since September 2013. In brief remarks, Giroux said he is satisfied with the government’s decision to establish the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) and the holding of the long overdue local government elections.
According to Giroux, he intends to respect Guyana’s laws in executing his mandate, while pledging to provide necessary support to Guyana. Meanwhile, President Granger noted that the High Commissioner’s accreditation took place at a “very important time” in Guyana’s history, referring to the six Party coalition in government.
“Much is to be done and much can be achieved. We recognize the many challenges ahead, as a small developing nation, striving to accelerate economic growth and development in an increasingly unfavourale and unpredictable international parameters,” the President said.
The Head of State also made reference to the emergence of increasing threats to Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which he said has made the quest for sustainable development even more challenging.
President Granger however noted that Guyana is encouraged by the Canadian Private sector in the Guyanese economy especially in the mining sector. This he noted reflects the confidence of the international investors in the local economy.