Guyana reiterates ‘open arms’ policy to Chinese nationals

first_img Sharing is caring! InternationalNewsPrintRegional Guyana reiterates ‘open arms’ policy to Chinese nationals by: – September 30, 2011 15 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Flag of Guyana. Image via: mapsofworld.comGEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — Chinese nationals pursuing investment ventures in Guyana have been assured of the same level of respect as others by President Bharrat Jagdeo, who views China as a key ally in Guyana’s development.These sentiments were expressed by the head of state on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China celebrated on Wednesday evening.Guyana shares a bilateral relationship with China that dates back 39 years and maintains the reputation as the first Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state to establish ties with China.Speaking in the presence of Chinese Ambassador to Guyana Yu Wenzhe and other Chinese nationals, Cabinet colleagues and members of the diplomat corps and the private sector, Jagdeo said the Guyana/China relationship began with the arrival of the indentured labourers.“That bond has been strengthened over time to include many others who have come here and who are coming now to work and to live here and to enrich our country and we welcome their presence in our country,” Jagdeo said.The industrious and progressive nature of Chinese people and the contributions of such achievements to their families and society were hailed by Jagdeo.“Our people… will always have a welcoming arm for Chinese people,” Jagdeo assured the Chinese ambassador.Guyana is at present examining three major projects in the tourism, power and transport sectors that have potential for major transformation. Support from the Chinese government in these areas is important.“China has always been friendly and has supported us in tangible ways… we are very happy with the access we have gotten to the finances from China,” Jagdeo said. By year-end, two new roll-on, roll-off ferries will be arriving in Guyana, donated by the Chinese government. The project is moving according to schedule according to the Chinese ambassador.The Chinese government is also a main partner in the one laptop per family (OLPF) programme with Haier Electrical Appliance Limited winning the bid to supply the laptops.Wenzhe reflected on the recent China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum in Trinidad and Tobago, which led among other things to US$1billion of preferential loans to support the local economic development of the region and a promise to deepen China-Caribbean cooperation in such areas as finance and investment, capacity building, environmental protection, new energy, culture, education, health, trade, tourism as well as agriculture and fishery.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more