Guyana looks to tap into Indonesia’s expertise

Tackling climate change

Guyana is looking to tap into the expertise available in Indonesia to tackle climate change as well as in its quest of developing a “green state”.
This is according to President David Granger in his remarks at a reception to celebrate the Republic of Indonesia 72nd anniversary of its Proclamation of Independence. The event was held at the Pegasus Hotel on Saturday evening.
According to the Guyanese Head of State, both Guyana and Indonesia are vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. He noted that Guyana is in transition to becoming a ‘green’ state, which will see increased emphasis on the protection of its environment, the preservation of its biodiversity, the provision of eco-tourism and eco-educational services, the promotion of renewable energy generation and the adoption of practical measures to ensure climate adaptation.
“Guyana looks forward to learning from Indonesia’s experience and expertise in the fields of carbon accounting, coastal zone management and forestry management. We anticipate enhanced cooperation in international climate change negotiations.

We welcome the offers for training in education under the Indonesia Scholarships Programme,” the President said.
He went on to note that since the establishment of diplomatic relations on August 27, 1999, the two countries have enjoyed cordial relations. These relations, the Head of State added, are founded on mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for international law and treaties and the maintenance of international peace and security.
President Granger went on to reflect on the journey of the South-east Asian country, saying that the world recalls, and history records, the transformational Proclamation of August 14, 1945. This historic act led, after a four-year national revolution, to the termination of foreign domination and occupation, the liberation of the Indonesian people and the creation of a sovereign democratic Republic in the world’s largest archipelago.
Indonesia, since its peoples’ victory in its war of independence, has become not only a populous and prosperous country but a reliable international partner for progress in developing states.
The world recalls, also, Indonesia’s pioneering hosting of the historic Asian-African Conference in the Javanese City of Bandung in April 1955 and its foundational role in the establishment of the Conference of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Movement in Belgrade in 1961.
Moreover, the Guyanese leader noted that the two Republics, today, though separated by a distance of 19,000km, are bound together through friendship and cooperation in the Non-Aligned Movement, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the United Nations and the G-77 and China.