Guyana, India ink 3 more agreements

first_img…bilaterals on renewable energy, cultural exchange to be heightenedIndia and Guyana on Tuesday signed three agreements, including one on renewable energy and another on cultural exchange, the New Indian Express has reported.According to the local newspaper, the signing was done following bilateral talks between India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, in New Delhi.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj hold the MoUs on cooperation in renewable energy and cultural exchange programmes on TuesdayMinister Greenidge is leading a high-level delegation which includes Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman for a one week visit to India. “Three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs), namely, renewable energy, cultural exchange programme and framework agreement on International Solar Alliance (ISA) were signed,” the newspaper quoted the External Affairs Ministry as saying in a statement following the meeting. New Indian Express went onto say that the missive outlines, “Guyanese delegation also presented the Instrument of Ratification of the International Solar Alliance.”The India-initiated ISA, launched at the UN Conference of Parties (CoP) climate summit in Paris on November 30, 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then French President Francois Hollande, is conceived as a coalition of solar resource-rich countries to address their special energy needs and provide a platform to collaborate on dealing with the identified gaps through a common, agreed approach.It is open to all 121 prospective member countries falling between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.According to the External Affairs Ministry statement, Sushma Swaraj, during the meeting, referred to the historical and multifaceted ties between the two sides, the newspaper said.“The subsequent discussions focused on further strengthening India-Guyana bilateral relations, through cooperation in capacity building, promotion of business and trade, enhancement of people to people contact, cooperation on pharmaceuticals, sharing India’s experience in information technology by setting up IT centres of excellence in Georgetown,” the New Indian Express quoted the Ministry.Views were also exchanged on regional and multilateral issues such as climate change, solar alliance and UN Security Council reforms, the newspaper added.Bilateral trade between India and Guyana stood at $34.58 million in 2016-17.India has done some high-visibility projects under line of credit (LoC) in Guyana, including a cricket stadium, traffic lights in Georgetown and supply of 14 irrigation drainage pumps.An line of credit of $17.50 million for modernisation of three primary health centres has been approved by the Indian Government.Guyana is also home to a large number of people of Indian origin, comprising nearly 40 per cent of the country’s total population of around 738,000.Most of them are descendants of indentured labourers brought from India in the 19th century and early 20th century to work in sugarcane plantations.last_img

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