India Pledges $60 Million to Guyana to Buy Ferry, Build Highway

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India Pledges $60 Million to Guyana to Buy Ferry, Build Highway

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, President of Guyana Donald Ramotar, left, and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj display the commemorative stamp during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Gandhinagar. (AP)

Georgetown:  Guyana's president says India has pledged USD 60 million to help the South American country buy a large ferry and build a four-lane highway.

President Donald Ramotar says the highway is to connect Guyana's main international airport to a large highway near the capital of Georgetown that runs to the coast.

He said late on Thursday that USD 10 million of the amount pledged will be used to buy a passenger and cargo ferry that would operate between Port Georgetown and remote jungle communities near the border with Venezuela.

India and Guyana have collaborated on other projects in recent years, including a cricket stadium and a hospital.

About 44 per cent of the 736,000 people who live in Guyana are descendants of people from India who came as indentured workers.


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