Guyana President bids farewell to St. Kitts and Nevis PM

Outgoing President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, His Excellency Bharrat Jagdeo has thanked CARICOM Chairman and St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister The Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas for the work he has done to advance regional integration and to promote the Caribbean’s place in the world.

In a letter to Prime Minister Douglas, the Guyanese President wrote, “I continue to have strong faith in the future of our region, and believe that success can be created as our countries work together towards regional integration. I recognise that many of our sister nations are struggling in the face of the global financial crises, but believe that these difficulties can be overcome.”

President Jagdeo, who will be going out of office in the coming days in accordance with the term limits that he is barred from seeking a third consecutive term, expressed optimism that Guyana’s increasing links with South America -along with those of Suriname – can be of benefit for the entire region.

“In the past five years, we have experienced a real strengthening of our continental links as well as links with other new markets and economies. These linkages -in areas such as agriculture, minerals and environmental services -will hopefully create value for every country in CARICOM as we increasingly contribute to the response to the challenging global issues of our time such as food, energy, resource and climate security,” said Jagdeo.

President Jagdeo told Prime Minister Douglas that it has been an honour to represent Guyana in the region and to play his part in CARICOM’s progress over the past twelve years.

“I have full confidence that the new Government in Guyana will remain dependable partners in the years ahead. I hope to see you again sometime in the near future, but in the meantime, I send you best wishes for all that you do in the years ahead.”

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