Guyana is looking to Nigeria to assist in developing its petroleum industry and is also looking to improve trade relations with the African country.

A government statement noted that President David Granger, who is attending the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) here, met with his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, and discussed “possible cooperation in the area of petroleum industry management.”

The statement said that Georgetown believes it can “learn the lessons of the more than 50 year-old industry in that country.

“Additionally, the two Head of States agreed that there are potential areas of collaboration in education, culture, security and trade. President Granger said that he welcomes the opportunity to renew relations and looks forward to greater trade and transfer of knowledge between the two countries,” the statement noted.

It said that President Buhari agreed to have his Foreign Minister Geoffrey Jideofor Kwusike Onyeama meet with his Guyanese counterpart Carl Greenidge “to explore how the two countries can create a pathway to strong relations”.

The statement said that Granger also met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, who “recommended that the President scale-up efforts to win support among African nations for Guyana’s cause” in its border dispute with Venezuela.

“Additionally, the two Heads of State discussed the possibility of exploring trade in rice and sugar. The President of Liberia said that small nations must find ways to collaborate in order to effect change and promote equity.”

The statement quoted the Liberian leader as saying that her country “has much to learn from Guyana in areas such as the management of protected area systems and conservation.

“President Johnson Sirleaf said that Liberia does not have the capacity or experience that Guyana has in these areas and she looks forward to the opportunity to collaborate in these areas,” the statement said, noting that President Granger, in response, indicated that the establishment of a joint commission and Consulates would help to promote regular and consistent collaboration and communication to ensure the development of areas of partnership”.