Importance of Commonwealth underscored as Guyana observed Commonwealth Day – 12th Mar 2013
There is a still a great need for the Organisation called the Commonwealth – a grouping of 54 nations that were under British rule. This is the view of British High Commissioner to Guyana, Andrew Ayre, as he delivered brief remarks at a special reception to celebrate Commonwealth Day.
Ayre said the UK remains committed to the strengthening of its engagement with Commonwealth States, which makes up one-third of the world’s population.
He said a strong Commonwealth helps in promoting democratic values, good governance and trade.
The event featured a mixture of cultural presentations with displays of food from Commonwealth nations, fashion and dances.
Also bringing remarks was the Canadian High Commissioner, David Devine. He said Canada is the second largest contributor to the Commonwealth’s budget.
He said Canada continues to fund several life skills projects particularly for Small and Medium Enterprises in Guyana, in keeping with this year’s theme; “Opportunity through Enterprise”.
Prime Minister Samuel Hinds told those gathered that Guyana continues to benefit from the programmes of the Commonwealth Secretariat. He said in keeping with this year’s theme, the Government continues to foster the development of its youth.
On Monday – Queen Elizabeth II attended a London reception to celebrate Commonwealth Day, after that she signed a new charter setting out the Commonwealth’s values and commitment to equal rights.
The document, agreed upon by the group’s 54 member states, commits them to upholding principles, including democracy, rule of law and gender equality.