H.E. Dr. Riyad Insanally, Ambassador to the United States of America and Diplomatic staff from the Embassy of Guyana in Washington, D.C., visit the Smithsonian Institution.
On August 29, 2017, the Ambassador of Guyana, Dr. Riyad Insanally and the Diplomatic Staff of the Embassy of Guyana in Washington, D.C., visited the Smithsonian Institution for a briefing on the Smithsonian’s long engagement with Guyana, particularly in the field of biodiversity research.
In discussions with a multidisciplinary team of Smithsonian scientists, led by Ms. Molly Fannon, Director of the Office of International Relations, it was evident that there was a real desire by the Smithsonian to explore possibilities for further collaboration and deepen cooperation with the Government of Guyana and other key stakeholders such as: The Iwokrama International Centre, the University of Guyana, the North Rupununi District Development Board and the South Rupununi Conservation Society.
Areas for enhanced cooperation could include scientific research in the Guiana Shield, capacity building, training and scholarships, eco-friendly agricultural initiatives, commercial development of biodiversity resources, and the promotion of eco-tourism.
Ambassador Insanally welcomed the Smithsonian’s approach in the context of Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy and committed the Embassy to follow-up consultations with stakeholders in Guyana and the Smithsonian, with a view to identifying specific opportunities for collaboration and funding sources.