Germany sends first female Ambassador to Guyana


The newly assigned and first female German Ambassador to Guyana, Ute Konig, presented her Letters of Credence to President David Granger Wednesday morning and noted that the fight against climate change continues to be the center of Germany’s regional cooperation that benefits Guyana.

The accreditation ceremony took place at the Ministry of the Presidency’s Vlissengen Road, Georgetown office.

Also present at the event were Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Karen Cummings and the Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Audrey Waddell.

“I feel privileged to continue working to further our excellent bilateral relations and the relations between the European Union and the Caribbean Common Market as well as CARICOM and to represent my country as the first female German Ambassador to Guyana,” the Ambassador said.

The Ambassador said she is looking forward to learning more about Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy and the vision to build climate change resilient economic sectors.

“Neither Germany nor Guyana alone can master global challenges such as climate change; Germany always was and continues to be a strong supporter of the Caribbean Region and of its determination to build up resilience against the destructive consequences of climate change.”

In the past Guyana and Germany successfully cooperated in the KfW Development Bank Tropical Forest Protection project and on the National Protected Areas System.

President David Granger (second right) with Her Excellency Ute Konig, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana (second left) and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Karen Cummings (left) and Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Audrey Waddell (Right). [MOTP photo]
The Ambassador said: “Guyana is on the verge of becoming an oil-exporting nation, but I learnt in preparing for my post that your government intends to continue to expend the use of renewable energy. Guyana is well known worldwide as one of the greenest countries of the world with an abundant biodiversity.”

Guyana and Germany share values such as the rule of law, democracy and human rights and have formed a foundation for trusted partnership since establishing diplomatic relations in 1966.

Foreign Minister, Dr Karen Cummings represented Guyana at the German Initiative Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean in Berlin in May this year where topics like the Sustainable Development Goals, migration, the challenges of boosting economic relations and gender equality were discussed.

Meanwhile, in response to the German Ambassador, President Granger said Guyana is conscious of Germany’s continued effort in advancing the protection of the environment and addressing climate change.

“Guyana in this regard has welcomed Germany’s cooperation in the protection of our forest and the establishment of protected areas. Guyana is appreciative of Germany support to natural resource and environmental management; we welcome also Germany’s economic and technical support especially in the fields of public health and education.”

Mr Granger said the government is looking forward to the enhancement of bilateral relations and is confident that shared commitment to overcome the challenges of climate change will foster stronger relations for the two countries.

As it relates to the discharge of her duties, the President offered the Ambassador the full support of the government and extended best wishes.

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