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Guyana, Brazil sign agreement to advance infrastructural integration – 6th Dec 2012

Guyana and Brazil have signed an agreement to establish a working group on infrastructure to advance the Linden-Lethem road, a port and hydro-electric projects.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett and the Brazilian Minister of External Relations signed the agreement in Brasilia. The Working Group is expected to submit its Report by the first quarter of 2013. According to Minister, Rodrigues-Birkett, “the signing of the agreement is the result of quiet work that has been going on in the last couple of years. She said, that it is another step forward as Guyana and Brazil continue to work towards infrastructural integration, which will see both countries benefiting from increased trade and people to people contact. Speaking of the Linden-Lethem Road, Minister Rodrigues-Birkett said, ‘’for many years Guyana and Brazil have been discussing physical integration and the completion of the Takutu River Bridge is a direct result of these discussions. However, she said that to fully realize the trade potential it is imperative that the road be upgraded. The road will benefit both countries as the northern part of Brazil in particular will have a shorter access route to the Atlantic Ocean. In addition, Minister Rodrigues-Birkett said, that studies are also being conducted on the construction of a second hydro-electric plant which could see Guyana supplying energy to Brazil in the future should the project prove feasible.

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