A five-member Guyanese team is currently in China attending the Fourth Forum of Sino-Latin American and the Caribbean Young Leaders.
The team comprises Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland, Director of Youth Melissa Carmichael, Legal Assistant at the Foreign Affairs Ministry Lydon Charles, Administration Assistant at the Office of the Prime Minister Cynthia Rutherford and Rosh Khan, a young entrepreneur.
The bridge to the future forum is an annual event hosted by the China Youth Development Foundation and the All China Youth Federation geared at providing a platform for young leaders of China, Latin America and the Caribbean, to interact and pilot the future’s course.
The three categories of participation are economics, politics and social affairs. Rosh Khan and Mayor Holland are representing Guyana in the economic group, while Carmichael, Charles and Rutherford were selected for the political group. The young Guyanese team joins many young leaders of the Caribbean and Latin America.
Guyanese political representatives visited the China National Museum for the ‘Road of Rejuvenation Exhibition’, China Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China Youth Daily and Beijing federation of Young Volunteers, while the economic representatives engaged the China Railway Construction Corporation Limited, the Import-Export Bank of China, the Alibaba Group Holding Limited and China Youth Development Foundation.
In addition, the Guyanese team also met with the municipal leaders of Xuzhou City on Friday evening where Mayor Holland grasped the opportunity to brief the Xuzhou Leaders on Guyana’s Green Economy initiative while presenting a copy of “The Green State” written by Guyana’s President David Granger.
Xuzhou city which houses over 10 million citizens with approximately 43 per cent of its forest virgin, said it will be looking to use the Guyana model as a guide and are undergoing discussions to send to Guyana delegates to strengthen ties.