Dr. Nicole Giles is the new Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana and replaces outgoing High Commissioner David Devine.
Dr. Giles, who arrived in Guyana Monday last (September 09) presented her letter of credence today (September 12) to President Donald Ramotar at his office.
Dr. Giles who will also serve as a representative to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Ambassador to Suriname is the first female to be appointed by the Canadian government in these capacities.
The woman, who holds a BA Honours in Political Science and History from the Queen’s University, says Canada’s engagement in the Americas is a key foreign policy priority for her Government.
Canada’s goal she added “Is to expand and deepen Canada’s political, economic, trade, security and development agendas in Guyana while ensuring that they are mutually reinforcing and mutually beneficial.”
Dr. Giles did not fail to praise Guyana’s remarkable beauty and abundant natural resources that provide the foundation for its economy and went onto congratulate the Guyana Government for being amongst the top growth countries in the Caribbean.
The incoming High Commissioner said that the presence of Canada’s largest banks in Guyana and over thirty Canadian companies in its extractive sector are to the two countries mutual benefit and speak to the growing commercial relationship which she believes have the greatest potential to improve prosperity for Canadians and Guyanese.
She says strengthened security in Guyana leads to strengthened security in Canada, and vice versa and believe that together the two countries can address the mounting regional security challenges that it face.
Dr. Giles says it is with great excitement that she and her family begin their time in beautiful Guyana and look forward to experiencing all that the country has to offer, from its extraordinarily diverse ecosystems to its rich culture.