50 years of diplomatic relations between Guyana and GermanyEnlarge image (© Office of the Prime Minister-GUY)
Germany and Guyana celebrate 50 years of bilateral relations this month. Dieter Lamlé, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the German Federal Foreign Ministry, met in Georgetown on September 16th with H.E. Brigadier David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, and with Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo. Enlarge image (© Office of Prime Minister - GUY) They reviewed the broad range of cooperation, from 400 German radio receivers for remote areas of Guyana in 1966, to multiple cultural exchanges like study programs in Germany, to the extension of financial cooperation for the protection and sustainable use of Guyana's rainforest in 2016. In the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, measures for a greener and more sustainable economy are the core of their bilateral cooperation. Germany has supported the “Guyana Protected Areas System” GPAS since 1998. The first two phases over 15 Mio Euros have been successfully concluded. The third phase with a budget of 9.3 Mio will start shortly.
Mr. Lamlé as well visited CARICOM where one of the topics was to continue the close cooperation on Climate Issues in the United Nations where CARICOM is an active member of the SDI – (Small Developing Islands) Group. Germany and CARICOM have been closely working together in the last decades. In the last 10 years alone projects with an overall budget of over 60 Mio EURO have been realized in the region, including Guyana. During the visit of Mr. Lamlé the German government committed 5 Mio Euros to the continuation of another successful project – Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS).