[www.inewsguyana.com] – Guyana has strengthened ties with Georgia, as the two countries signed a visa agreement, aimed at strengthening relations and improving trade.
The agreement was signed on Tuesday, March 24 by Minister of Foreign Affairs Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett and Georgia’s Ambassador to Guyana, resident in Brazil, Otar Berdzenishvili.
Minister Rodrigues-Birkett observed that the visa agreement is for a partial abolition of visas for diplomats.
“No country can be seen as being too far away for improving trade relations …we will have to address issues of visas and to begin with, it is good to have our diplomats exempted from having to obtain visas,” she stated.
She further observed that whilst Georgia is far away, she thanked the ambassador for becoming a good friend of Guyana, in such a short space of time.
In 2012 Guyana established diplomatic relations with Georgia and has since seen the relationship grow from strength to strength. Three Guyanese students are studying medicine in Georgia with two more slated to join them sometime very soon.
“The government and people of Georgia have been very gracious to us, recognising that part of our programme is to develop the social capital and the skills of our people,” the minister explained.
Ambassador Berdzenishvili explained that Georgia has made some progress on education and is ready to increase achievements with the Guyana Government and especially with the people.
“It is not only the education projects that we are proposing, but also we are ready to share our experiences in our e-government issues,” the Ambassador indicated. [Extracted and modified from GINA]