Chile looks to strengthen economic, commercial links with Guyana

- New Ambassador is accredited


The Government of Chile has noted its interest to strengthen economic and commercial links with Guyana. The expression came on Monday as a new Chilean Ambassador in the person of Juan Manuel Pino Vasquez was accredited by President Irfaan Ali at his Shiv Chanderpaul Drive Office.

“It is time to advance economic and commercial linkages with Guyana,” Vasquez said moments after presenting his letters of credence.

He said Chile has supported Guyana over the years in the areas of energy, mining, human rights and human development and it is time to expand the scope of cooperation.

President Ali pointed to the deep commitment the two countries share in democratic values, the promotion of human rights and the guarantee of fundamental freedoms.

Ambassador Juan Manuel Pino Vasquez (second right) during the ceremony at the Office of the President (Photo: Office of the President/May 17, 2021)

He said Guyana also appreciates Chile because of its respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states and the sanctity of treaties. Dr Ali pointed out that Guyana and Chile relations have been buttressed by cooperation in a variety of areas including the regional framework agreement signed in 1994.

This agreement, Dr Ali said, remains the cornerstone of relations between the two states.

Guyana and Chile will soon celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations having established diplomatic relations on July 22, 1971. Vasquez will replace Patricio Becker as Chilean Ambassador to Guyana.

President Irfaan Ali (right) Ambassador Juan Manuel Pino Vasquez (Photo: Office of the President/May 17, 2021)

He served in various international relations positions in South America since 1992.

These include his most recent posts of Counsellor and Consul General of Chile in Argentina from 2016-2017 and Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Counsellor in Paraguay.

The simple ceremony was also attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hugh Todd and Permanent Secretary Elisabeth Harper.

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