Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding and a Statement of Intent for Cooperation with Alfonso Silva Navarro, Ambassador and Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs- Chile, to foster cooperation between the two states.
According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the agreements follow a meeting between President David Granger and Chilean President, Sebastián Piñera Echenique in the margins of the Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The MoU seeks to lay the foundations for Chile’s “Andrés Bello” Diplomatic Academy and Guyana’s Foreign Service Institute to maintain regular contact and promote cooperation between them on the basis of mutual benefit and reciprocity to further cooperation on the training of diplomatic officials from Guyana and Chile.
“Further, the MOU will be facilitated through the: exchange of experience, academic staff and students; the promotion of study and research and other areas of possible cooperation,” the Ministry said.
It is expected that the Institutions will cooperate by exchanging information and experience connected with their respective study and research programmes, course, seminars and other academic, educational and training activities as well as exchange information and views on international trends and advances in the field of diplomatic training, study and research, as well as e-learning tools.
The Statement of Intent, on the other hand, provides a framework for the deepening of collaboration between Guyana and Chile by promoting the exchange of experiences and cooperation in the energy and mining sectors.
Guyana and Chile established diplomatic relations on July 22, 1971.