France and Guyana

  • French Ambassador (in residence in Paramaribo): Mr Antoine Joly (since April 2017)
  • Guyana Ambassador (in residence in London): Mr Frederick Hamley Case (since June 2016)

Bilateral relations between France and Guyana are limited both on a political and economic level. Relations are principally centred on the relationship between Guyana and French Guiana. Mr Léon Bertrand, French Minister Delegate for Tourism, visited Georgetown on 24 October 2005. This was the first visit to Guyana by a French minister. Ms Chantal Berthelot, who represents French Guiana in the National Assembly of France, visited Georgetown from 3 to 7 August 2009 where she met the main political leaders. Bilateral consultations between high-level civil servants were held in Georgetown on 13 May 2010.

Regarding cooperation, the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) provided €1.62 million in funding for a regional WWF project on the sustainable management of forest resources across the Guiana Shield. A new regional project started in 2013 as part of the REDD initiative. The FFEM made a financial commitment of €1 million out of a total budget of €3.2 million. Co-financing on the INTERREG co-operation fund completes the funding plan.

Guyana is involved in certain French regional educational projects for fighting trafficking (particularly narcotics). Furthermore, training sessions are regularly organized in Guyana in the field of forensics and civilian protection. A 2004 agreement sets out the conditions for preparing French military secondments for joint training operations in Guyana.

The AFD has been unable to work in Guyana until now as the country is on the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force black list. Guyana was taken off this list in October 2016 making it possible to work in the country again, for a green growth mandate.

Updated: September 2017

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