EU-GUYANA POLITICAL DIALOGUE
JOINT PRESS RELEASE
The fifth round of European Union-Guyana Political Dialogue in the framework of Article 8 of the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement took place on 16 October 2017 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The previous rounds of Political Dialogue took place in 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2016.
The Guyanese delegation was headed by the Hon. Carl B. Greenidge, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and included Hon. Khemraj Ramjattan, Vice President and Minister of Public Security, Mrs. Audrey Jardine-Waddell, Director General; Mr. Troy Torrington, Director, Multilateral & Global Affairs Department; Ambassador Ivan Evelyn, Chief of Protocol; Ms. Charlene Phoenix, Director, Department of the Americas; Ms. Trishala Persaud, Head, Legal and Treaties Division; Ms. Ndibi Schwiers, Director, Department of the Environment; Mr. Brian Eastman, Superintendent of Police, Ministry of Public Security; Mr. Kyle Waldron, Ministry of Finance; Ms. Deeann Ali, Office of the Prime Minister; Ms. Heather Seelochan, SFSOII, Mr. Sherwin Naughton, EU Trade Officer, Foreign Trade; Ms. Bevon McDonald, SFSO I, Foreign Trade; Ms. Keishanna Sullivan, Head, CARICOM Unit; Ms. Aisha Semple, FSO III, MGAD; and Ms. Natala Anderson, FSO II, EU Desk Officer.
The EU side was headed by the Ambassador of the European Union Mr Jernej Videtič and included British High Commissioner Mr Greg Quinn, Ambassador of Belgium Mr. Guy Sevrin, Ambassador of France, Antoine Joly, Ambassador of Spain , Mr. Javier M. Carbajosa, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Netherlands, Mr. Kees Rade, Mr Maurice Pourchez, Political Counsellor of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr Philippe Coessens, Minister Counsellor and Head of Political, Press and Information, EU Delegation and Mr Peter Maher, Acting Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation.
The objectives of the Dialogue are to exchange information to foster mutual understanding and to facilitate the establishment of agreed priorities and shared agendas, in particular by recognising the existing links between the different aspects of the relations between the parties and the various areas of cooperation as laid down in the Cotonou Agreement.
The two sides engaged in constructive, wide-ranging and frank discussions on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern. Discussions included many issues of common interest for both parties such as political developments and economic affairs; EU-Guyana and regional development cooperation; human rights and governance, including the death penalty, LGBTI rights, domestic abuse and trafficking in persons; security, climate change, and regional integration. The two sides noted the relevance of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) in a region increasingly
confronted with climate change-related catastrophes. They agreed to explore possibilities of the use of the Trust Fund of the UNEP Special Programme to assist in implementing the Minamata Convention.
The two sides concluded by expressing their satisfaction on the usefulness of the Dialogue in the context of EU-Guyanese relations, and have agreed to hold the next round of Political Dialogue in one year’s time.