Guyana and Chile will sign a Reciprocal Visa Abolition Agreement this week during President David Granger’s official state visit to the South American country.
The state visit begins on Monday and will end on Wednesday. During the President’s visit to Chile, he will also sign the Open Skies Air Service Agreement with his Chilean counterpart as well as deliver a lecture at the Andrés Bello Diplomatic Academy of Chile on his “vision and assessment as well as the strategic implications on his call for the Caribbean to be preserved as a zone of peace’.
Ahead of the trip, President Granger has indicated that relations between Guyana and Chile and Chile and and CARICOM [Caribbean Community] as a whole are cordial and strong.
“Chile is a key member of UNASUR [The Union of South American Nations], CELAC [Community of Latin American and Caribbean States] and Mercosur and it only this year an embassy was opened in Georgetown. I would say the relations are cordial and strong and they are growing in strength now,” he said.
The state visit by President Granger comes on the heels of the visit to Guyana by the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet during the CARICOM Heads of Government meeting.
“This is a step towards strengthening the bonds between Chile and the Caribbean too. Chile particularly has a large maritime zone and the Caribbean really is a maritime zone so we expect that there will be a good base for bilateral cooperation,” said President Granger, who will assume Chairmanship of CARICOM in January.