[www.inewsguyana.com] – Guyana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Panama for collaboration in the development of agriculture and trade between the two countries, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.
This will see Guyana supplying 5,000 tons of rice to Panama on a monthly basis, beginning from September.
“The MoU is intended to facilitate a partnership between the two countries for scientists and agricultural research institutions to work collaboratively to enhance agriculture and trade between the countries and with other CARICOM and Central American countries.
“The areas identified for the collaboration include, but are not limited to, rice, fruits, vegetables, milk, meat, fish and other fields related to agriculture. The activities and programs of cooperation will be achieved through exchange of delegations of experts, scientists and technicians, seed crops and animal breeds, information and technical documents, trade in agriculture products, joint organization of technical seminars, workshops and conferences, coordination of research projects of interest to both countries, among others,” Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy noted in a press statement.
He noted that new contracts for 2015 are to be negotiated on satisfactory conclusion of these initial contracts.
The contracts to export rice to Panama in September and monthly to the end of 2014 were signed at the Office of the Minister of Agriculture in Panama City on August 14.
Panama imports about 150,000 tons of rice annually, through the private sector.