Canadian Government pledges to continue development assistance to Guyana and the Caribbean
Speaking at a reception to mark a milestone in Canada-CARICOM relations, out-going Canadian Ambassador to Guyana David Devine said that Canada and the region have a long and special relationship, the foundation of which is strong people-to-people ties.
Localizing the relations he said Guyana has as an increasing strong and vibrant expanding economy, being among the top growing countries in the Caribbean and now ranks second in CARICOM as a trading partner with Canada. He said Canada will continue to support Guyana and the wider Caribbean with technical and financial development assistance.
The Ambassador said also that another important element of Canada’s foreign policy is poverty eradication in developing countries. Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singhwho also addressed the reception said that as Caricom mark its 40th anniversary as a regional bloc there is much to be proud of. However, he emphasized that more can still be done to ensure that the people of the region share a single space.
During his historical overview of Caricom, Dr. Singh stressed that the realities of small island developing states are widely known and this must serve as push for deepening of the regional integration mvement. Canada and CARICOM have held four rounds of negotiations to date towards a possible new Canada-CARICOM Trade Agreement; the most recent in July 2012 in Barbados.