The Canadian diplomatic presence in Guyana started with the opening of the Commission of Canada in Georgetown, the capital, in March 1964. In May 1966, Guyana gained independence and full diplomatic relations were established.
In Guyana, Canada is represented by the High Commission of Canada in Georgetown. Since 2003, the High Commissioner is also Canada’s Plenipotentiary Representative to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which is headquartered in the greater Georgetown area.
Guyana is represented in Canada by the High Commission of Guyana in Ottawa. Guyana also has a Consulate in Toronto.
The good bilateral relations between Canada and Guyana result from political ties through the Commonwealth, commercial links, development assistance and immigration. Bilateral treaties between Canada and Guyana include an Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement (1987) and an Air Services Agreement (2005).
Guyana has generally been supportive of Canada in the international arena. For example, Guyana signed and ratified the Ottawa Landmines Convention in May 2003. Canada’s presence and programs in Guyana aim to promote and protect Canada’s interests and values such as good governance, sound economic development and safety and security for all citizens. Canada is working with other influential partners to achieve positive results.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police works closely with the authorities of Guyana (notably through Interpol) on investigations involving drug trafficking, murder, human smuggling, and others. Guyana also benefits from police training in Canada. In the context of Cricket World Cup 2007, Canada provided Guyana and other Caribbean countries with specialized assistance in the areas of border security and public health. Canada offers military assistance to Guyana through the Military Training Assistance program.
Discussions are underway between Canada and CARICOM, which Guyana is a member of, aimed at achieving a mutually beneficial trade agreement that provides significant economic benefits and takes into account the region's capacity constraints and vulnerabilities.
Canada’s program of development assistance in Guyana is managed by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
With regard to Canada’s trade relationship with Guyana, bilateral merchandise trade in 2008 reached $246.8 million. Merchandise exports totalled $21.7 million including cereals, machinery, paper and paperboard, vegetables, tools of base metals, vehicles, and pharmaceutical products. Imports to Canada from Guyana totalled $225.1 million in 2008 and included precious stones and metals, beverages, mineral ores, fish and seafood, and fruits and nuts.
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