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Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hugh Todd, on Friday, met the Secretary-General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), Christophe Bernasconi along with representatives of the body.
Among mutual areas of interest discussed during the virtual meeting was the need to strengthen relations between Guyana and the HCCH.
Guyana is not a member of the Hague Conference, however, in 2017, the country, under the leadership of the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) Administration became a state party to five of the Hague Conventions.
These include the 2007 Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance; the 1993 Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption; the 1996 Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children; the 1980 Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction; and the 1961 Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.
The Hague Conference on Private International Law is the leading intergovernmental organization on private international law. Founded in 1893, it was the first-ever international body to be established in The Hague. It has since drawn up several international treaties to help overcome legal obstacles faced by individuals and companies in cross-border relations and transactions.