Message from the High Commissioner

Welcome to the High Commission of Canada in Georgetown, Guyana, the primary channel for communications between the Government of Canada and the Governments of Guyana and Suriname and the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

I am privileged to represent Canada and remain committed to collaborating with the Governments and citizens of Guyana, Suriname and CARICOM in championing the values of inclusive governance, including by promoting human rights, and diversity while advancing Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy in all aspects of our work, including trade and investment and development cooperation.

Canada enjoys a long history of strong and friendly relations with Guyana, Suriname and CARICOM. I look forward to strengthening further the relationship between our countries.

Canada shares many similarities with our hemispheric neighbours Guyana and Suriname.  Our countries are endowed with remarkable natural beauty and abundant natural resources that provide the foundation for our economies. Our populations are diverse and peaceful pluralism is the cornerstone of our societies. We share strong democratic values and membership in the United Nations, Organisation of American States and the Commonwealth where we put those values into practice.

Through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, Canada has been privileged to partner alongside vibrant civil society and government organizations in both Guyana and Suriname to address a divergent range of issues, from economic diversification to gender equality to promoting and safeguarding our democratic principles.

Guyana is Canada’s largest merchandise trading market within CARICOM and the third largest in the Caribbean. Canadian companies have a robust presence in Guyana in the gold, financial, aviation, oil and gas, clean technologies, infrastructure and education sectors.

Canada’s relationship with Suriname is centered on mutually beneficial investment and trade, mostly in the extractives sector. More Surinamese students, pursuing higher education, are choosing Canada as their study destination, contributing to a rich cultural exchange.

The Government of Canada considers CARICOM a key partner in the region. Canada remains committed to working with CARICOM to build the best possible future for the Caribbean, reflected in our Regional Development Program, which fosters Caribbean collaboration and integration efforts. Canada’s engagement in the CARICOM region focuses on promoting growth that works for everyone, advancing regional integration and cooperation, strengthening security and democratic institutions, and building lasting relationships. 

Canada recognizes that a collective effort is needed to tackle our shared responsibilities, such as climate change, poverty, and insecurity. This is why Canada is committed to working multilaterally with our many partners, including Guyana, Suriname and CARICOM, on issues of global importance.

In this respect, I look forward to hearing from you. Please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or contact us by email at grgtn@international.gc.ca.

I encourage fellow Canadians coming to Guyana and/or Suriname to register with the High Commission online using the Registration of Canadians Abroad tool to receive emergency alerts and information.  The Government of Canada’s travel website – Travel.gc.ca – has country-specific travel advice and advisories to assist you.

I also encourage citizens of Guyana and Suriname wishing to visit Canada to use this website to learn about visa options. You may wish to consult our Visa Application Centre for further assistance. Please consider applying online, so that you may keep your passport with you until a final decision is made.

Yours sincerely,

Lilian Chatterjee
Canada's High Commissioner to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana
CARICOM Representative
Canadian Ambassador to Suriname (designate)


Biography – Lilian Chatterjee

Lilian Chatterjee (BJ Hons [Journalism], Carleton University, 1980; MA, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, 1985) joined the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 2003. She was previously director general for the Canadian Partnership Branch, Communications Branch and Strategic Policy and Performance Branch where she organized Canada’s 2010 G8 Development Ministers’ Meeting, which led to the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. At Global Affairs Canada, she served as director general for Social Development Partnerships, in the Partnerships for Development Innovation Branch, and most recently, she was the director general for Strategic Integration, in the Europe, Middle East and Maghreb Branch. She is also the departmental champion for psychological health and well-being in the workplace.

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