‘Now is your moment, your future is bright’ – Outgoing US Amb. pledges continued support for Guyana

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Guyana is on the road to massive transformation and outgoing United States (US) Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch has pledged her country’s continued support towards the South American nation’s growth and development.

“Guyana is clearly on a unique and amazing journey. The United States has been and will continue to be on this journey with you. I would not be prouder of the enduring partnership between our two nations which I know will continue long past my tenure in Guyana,” Ambassador Lynch said.

She added, “You can count on me to be your champion for years to come. Your future is bright Guyana…Now is your moment, Guyana.”

Ambassador Lynch made the pledge while delivering remarks at a celebration ceremony held on Thursday night at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown to commemorate the US 247th Independence Anniversary which will be observed on July 4.

As she reflected on her tenure which ends soon, Ambassador Lynch said there has been deepened cooperation between the two states across various sectors

“Together we have worked in the area of governance to build the capacity of key institutions; we have partnered in the commercial area to see our bilateral trade triple over the past few years and we have worked on critical issues in the areas of security to ensure that Guyana is a secure nation where citizens feel safe and investments are protected,” Ambassador Lynch outlined.

And in this year alone, a number of new projects were rolled out, including the historic gas-to-energy project which will benefit every citizen by providing “clean, reliable, and affordable” electricity.

US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch (Photo: DPI/June 29, 2023)

And the relationship between the two countries, Ambassador Lynch said, has seen a “dramatic” increase of US companies here in Guyana.

The diplomat credited Guyana for upholding its democratic values and principles and for its commitment to promoting and protecting human rights, particularly during the 2020 elections.

“There are strong signs of confidence by the international community that Guyana wants to contribute to regional and global efforts to strengthen international partnership, the rule of law, and to promote peace and stability around the globe,” she said.

Meanwhile, in addressing the gathering, Prime Minister, Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips said the shared values and interests between the two states have allowed for the deepening of bilateral relations and provided opportunities for economic growth and development.

As a long-standing development partner, the Prime Minister said the projects undertaken by Guyana and the US are all geared towards improving the socio-economic framework and conditions for transformation with the greatest impact of human resource development, capacity, generational transfer of knowledge and skills, and building innovation.

“We have noted your country’s renewed interest in our bilateral relations…Our government is conscious that our development is not limited to the oil and gas sector…and remains committed to delivering broad-based development placing emphasis on the traditional sectors of our economy to transform our country and generating resources to take care of the needs of all Guyanese,” he said.

Among those present at the event were government officials, members of the diplomatic community, heads of the Disciplinary Forces, and key stakeholders.

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