His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the UAE met His Excellency Dr. Irfaan Ali, President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral ties and technical cooperation.
Food security, climate change, the environment, technology and infrastructure, and reforming both countries’ visa policies were among the topics discussed.
In his remarks, Dr. Ali praised the efforts of Sheikh Abdullah and Her Excellency Reem Ebrahim Al-Hashimy, Minister of International Cooperation and Managing Director of Expo 2020 Dubai.
The two countries have agreed to develop tangible results-based agenda. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed immediately after the discussions to foster deeper technical cooperation between the UAE and Guyana. Mr. Ashni Singh, Finance Minister of Guyana, and HE Reem Al-Hashimy signed the deal at the UAE Pavilion at the Expo.
“We came with a clear intention to extend the foundation of the relationship that we want to grow and expand for the betterment of both the UAE and Guyana,” Dr. Ali said. He stated that since arriving in Dubai, the delegation has met with a number of organizations, including the Abu Dhabi Ports Authority.
Guyana is planning to build a “strong partnership” with Abu Dhabi Ports to create a new logistics hub for the UAE that will connect business opportunities in South America, Central America, the Caribbean, North America and West Africa.
The discussion represented the keenness of the two countries in expanding ties in economic development and trade. Amid Expo 2020, the UAE is bolstering its relations with trade partners and new investors.