[www.inewsguyana.com] – Newly-appointed Indian High Commissioner Venkatachalam Mahalingam today presented his Letters of Credence to President Donald Ramotar and called for more efforts to enhance cooperation in several areas.
President Ramotar noted that the relationship between the two nations has grown since formal ties were established in 1966, “based on the promotion of economic interests and the strengthening of cultural ties. We are also cooperating on issues such as a reformed United Nations and sustainable development goals”.
Guyana has also, and is continuing to benefit from Indian’s human resource development assistance, offered through the Indian Technical Economic and Cooperation (ITEC) Programme, President Ramotar said. With government intensifying its efforts to improve the science and technology curriculum, he noted that India’s assistance, given its expertise in these fields, would be welcomed.
The Indian High Commissioner noted that although separated by a large distance, both nations have commonalities in a colonial past, predominantly agricultural, rural-based, multi-cultural societies, and also hold common views on important issues.
Stating that further strengthening of the relationship has occurred, due to previous visits by President Ramotar and Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, the High Commissioner said there is potential for India and Guyana to work together in many fields. These include agricultural development, renewable energy, education, forestry, health infrastructure and pharmaceuticals.
The High Commissioner declared his intention to take the current relationship, particularly in the afore mentioned fields, to a higher level. “It is imperative in this regard that more frequent high level visits need to take place between our two countries for providing political leaning and support”.