The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías and the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo, meeting on the historical occasion of the first official visit of President Jagdeo to Venezuela, expressed their satisfaction over the current status of the relations between Guyana and Venezuela which were founded on the principles of solidarity, cooperation and complementarities. They discussed issues of mutual interest on the global and regional agenda and reviewed the bilateral programme of cooperation.
President Hugo Chávez Frías and President Bharrat Jagdeo:
1. Verified the good level at which relations are developing between the two countries, which consolidate and fortify on the basis of the principles of solidarity, cooperation and complementarities.
2. Mandated their respective Foreign Ministries to work on the convening of the V High Level Bilateral Commission Meeting (COBAN) to be held in Caracas.
3. Expressed their determination to advance the necessary arrangements to execute the Feasibility Study and the Environmental Impact Study of the Venezuela-Guyana Road Link (Tumeremo to Georgetown), as a necessary undertaking for development and integration between both countries, in particular putting in place the process in the Caribbean Development Bank (BDC) for the selection of Consultants. In that context, they agreed to instruct the Guyana – Venezuela Joint technical working group on the proposed Guyana/Venezuela road link to immediately commence discussions with the Caribbean Development Bank with a view to having that institution act as the conduit for the resources for the conduct of the pre- and feasibility studies on the proposed road link. Both Heads of State emphasised that the pre- and feasibility studies were critical to considerations for the advancement of the proposal.
4. Expressed their satisfaction over the effective functioning of the petroleum cooperation programme under the PETROCARIBE scheme. Likewise, they welcomed the progress of the social project financed through the ALBA-CARIBE Fund, concerning the construction of the Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintegration for Homeless Persons.
5. President Jagdeo expressed his appreciation at the timely decision of the Venezuelan government to purchase Guyanese rice, which has brought benefit to the small farmers of the rice industry, highlighting the values of fair trade.
6. Noted the progress of the Project for the Improvement of the cold chain for non traditional agricultural and dairy products, from which small Guyanese producers would benefit by having access to markets further a field.
7. The Venezuelan President informed his Guyanese counterpart of the recent approval of the necessary resources for carrying out the exercise of updating the hydrographical data of the the Mahaica, Mahaicony and Abary rivers in Guyana, needed to execute the dredging works in cooperation with Venezuela.
8. They recognized the help that regional and sub-regional organizations can offer for the peaceful resolution of local controversies, and for preventive diplomacy. In this sense, they highlighted the value and importance of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) as a mechanism for consensus and an effective political space to solve the differences in South America, reinforcing their commitment for their development and consolidation. The Venezuelan President congratulated his Guyanese counterpart for the recent appointment of his country to assume the Pro Tempore Chairmanship of this regional organization, and confirmed his participation in the next Summit to be held in Georgetown in August this year.
9. President Jagdeo announced his Government’s willingness to buy 100 VENIRAN tractors, in a demonstration of the commitment to intensify the commercial links between both countries.
10. Expressed their satisfaction over the signing of the following bilateral Agreements which would pave the way for enhanced cooperation between their two countries in different fields: a) Letter of Commitment between the Ministry of the People´s Power for Food of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana; b) Memorandum of Understanding between the People´s Ministry for Energy and Petroleum of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana for the Supply of Urea; c) Memorandum of Understanding between the People´s Ministry for Energy and Petroleum of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana for the Supply of Jet A I; and d) Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana for the Creation of a Committee for the Prevention, Investigation and Settlement of Fishing Incidents.
11. Finally, they reaffirmed their confidence in the Good Offices Process as a Mechanism that would assist the Parties to advance towards a practical and satisfactory solution for the border controversy, without affecting good bilateral and regional relations. In this sense, both Presidents welcomed the appointment of and expressed their confidence in the work of Professor Norman Girvan as the Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary General responsible for the Good Offices Process. President Chávez announced the designation of Ambassador Roy Chaderton as the Facilitator for Venezuela. President Jagdeo announced the designation of the Honourable Ralph Ramkarran as Guyana’s Facilitator.
President Bharrat Jagdeo expressed his sincere gratitude President Hugo Chávez and the Venezuelan people, on his own behalf and on behalf of his delegation for the kindness and hospitality received during his visit to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Signed in the city of Caracas on July 21 2010