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First Lady Mrs Arya Ali earlier this week met with President of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) International, Mr Tian Lixin, to explore areas for collaboration between the oil company and the Office of the First Lady.
The meeting was held on the sidelines of the dedication ceremony for Guyana’s third Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading Vessel (FPSO) – the Prosperity – which the First Lady was named the godmother of.
Mrs Ali used the opportunity during the meeting to highlight a number of transformational initiatives which she has embarked on since assuming office, including but not limited to the menstrual hygiene initiative – a project which aims to end period poverty in Guyana.
“My work focuses heavily on the welfare of people and finding permanent solutions that improve their standard of living,” Mrs Ali told the CNOOC President.
Mr Lixin was also updated on the status of several other projects and programmes including the National Beautification Project and the InclusAbility initiative which seeks to better integrate persons with disabilities into society.
Expressing appreciation for the opportunity to know more about the needs of the people of Guyana, Mr Lixin shared that CNOOC remains committed to ensuring it plays its part in contributing to the development of Guyana in a responsible way.
He said too that CNOOC has a budget dedicated to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and this is a demonstration of the company’s willingness to support efforts to improve the lives of the people of Guyana.
Following the meeting, Mrs Ali presented Mr Lixin with a copy of the ‘Rupununi: Rediscovering a Lost World’ publication.