At the invitation of President Michel Temer, the President of Guyana, David Arthur Granger, will be in Brasilia on December 20 and 21, 2017 for a bilateral visit and to attend the 51st Summit of Heads of State of Mercosur and Associated States.
The two Presidents will address areas of mutual interest, such as integration of the physical infrastructure, technical cooperation, energy, border development, trade and investments.
The parties expect to sign an agreement for Brazil to support (with an engineering project) the paving of part of the Lethem-Linden road. This segment of the road will expand Brazil’s connection with Guyana, favoring bilateral trade and the flow of products from the North region - particularly Amazonas and Roraima – to the Caribbean and to the North American, Asian and European markets.
The parties will also sign an instrument establishing the collaboration of the Brazilian Army for the drilling of artesian wells in the Rupununi region, in Guyana. The project is expected to benefit around 10 thousand people, mostly indigenous, who live near the border with Brazil and suffer with the effects of the drought.
In 2016, trade exchange totaled US$ 31.8 million, with US$ 25.8 million in Brazilian exports and US$ 5.9 million in imports from Guyana. From January to November 2017, bilateral trade flow increased 25% compared to the same period last year, surpassing US$ 35 million.