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India to help Guyana with ferry, highway


India to help Guyana with ferry, highway

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) – Guyana’s president says India has pledged $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 Thursday that $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.