Guyana will be able to benefit from technical knowledge and skills sharing from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries on Thursday.
The MoU was signed by the Senior Minister within the Office of the President with responsibility for Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh and the Emirati Minister of International Cooperation and Managing Director for Expo2020 Dubai Reem Ebrahim Al-Hashimy.
The MoU, a release from the Office of the President noted, is a representation of the intentions the high-level Guyanese delegation went to the UAE with, that is, to enhance cooperation between the two nations and promote investments in Guyana. This high-level delegation is led by President Dr. Irfaan Ali.
“We came with a clear intention to extend the foundation of the relationship that we want to grow and expand for the betterment of both the UAE and Guyana,” President Ali was quoted as saying.
He explained that since arriving in Dubai, the delegation has engaged in discussions with many agencies, including the Abu Dhabi Ports. And the President noted that the visit has already proven successful as several additional engagements have been planned in the coming months to advance discussions in technical cooperation in a number of areas.
It was also highlighted that the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan assured the Guyanese President of the UAE’s support to strengthen bilateral relations.
The two countries also committed to setting a tangible results-based agenda moving forward. Immediately following those discussions, the MoU was signed.
It was also reported that President Ali and Dr. Singh discussed key areas of technical cooperation and to advance closer relations between the two countries. These discussions centered on food security, climate change, the environment, and technology and infrastructure.
Importantly, a revision of the visa policy for both countries was also discussed. Minister Al Nahyan was appointed minister on February 9, 2006. The ministry’s role focuses on maintaining clear political positions that support the UAE’s relationships with its regional and international partners while promoting the UAE as a regional leader in different fields.
Also, as Foreign Minister, he focuses on establishing specialised diplomatic capabilities and encouraging political talents to address international concerns and provide distinct consular and other services in looking after UAE nationals and the issues they may face during their travels.