Guyana, Suriname relations will unlock massive economic opportunities – President Ali

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President Irfaan Ali addressing the Dinner Reception last evening (OP photo)

President Dr Irfaan Ali hailed the strengthened cooperation between Guyana and Suriname as a ”milestone” in bilateral relations, which has economic and human resources potential that would positively impact the Guiana Shield.

The Head of State made these remarks during his address at a dinner reception last evening hosted by H.E Candrikapersad Santokhi and First Lady Mellisa Santokhi-Seenacherry to usher in today’s Republic of Suriname’s 45th Independence Anniversary, according to the Office of the President.

”The time has come for us to translate our potential into action, by outlining a clear vision, a clear path that is time bound so that all of our people can understand the common destination, the common path that we would like our development to take,” President Ali was quoted as saying.

The President pointed to the importance of necessary investment, efficient business structure, greater connectivity and about bridging the existing gaps towards social cohesion. He said that these components will also contribute to enhanced private sector participation.

”Today both of our countries present exciting opportunities for the private sector. We have the duty as leaders, as policymakers to create an enabling environment. So that the private sector can benefit from the possibilities.

“It is in this spirit that we celebrate today. But as my brother from Brazil said, the fundamentals for society are democracy, security and the rule of law. And we must ensure at all times that these principles remain the foundation upon which we build our societies and communities. ”

A section of the audience (OP photo)

President Ali noted too that the future requires a private sector that is vibrant and outward looking. He said that it requires a private sector that can incorporate opportunities beyond its national borders and boundaries.

The President and First Lady are currently on a three-day official visit to the former Dutch Colony. They were  accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Foreign Affairs Minister Hugh Todd, Attorney General Anil Nandlall and Public Infrastructure Juan Edghill.

This is President Ali’s first oversees state visit since his inauguration.

The Republic of Suriname is celebrating its 45th Anniversary of its Independence today (November 25).

Formal diplomatic relations between the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Republic of Suriname were established on November 25, 1975.