35 Stakeholders trained in Oil and Gas Management
Approximately thirty-five (35) stakeholders from the Extractive and Natural Resources Sectors were trained in Oil and Gas Management. The training was held during October 01-03, 2018, at the Mexican Embassy, Georgetown and was facilitated by Mr. Carlos de Regules who led a team of experts from the Mexican Agency for Security, Energy and the Environment (ASEA).
The event was opened by the Hon. Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman. Delivering remarks on behalf of the Government of Guyana were Dr. Mark Bynoe, Head of the Department of Energy, Ms. Ndibi Schwiers, Director, Department of Environment, Ministry of the Presidency and Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. Vincent Adams. Mexican Ambassador to Guyana, H.E. Ivan Sierra along with Executive Director of ASEA, Dr. Carlos de Regules in their opening remarks expressed that he is pleased to share experiences from Mexico with Guyana, as the country prepares for the emerging oil and gas sector.
Experiences were shared in the area of Mexican Energy sector reform, Legal framework and funding mechanisms, Risk Management, Protocols to regulate oilfield exploration, Insurance guidelines, Environmental Impact Assessment and Monitoring and Enforcement, and Best Practices for Regulatory Policy.
The training was made possible through collaboration between the Environmental Protection Agency, on behalf of the Government of Guyana and the Mexican Embassy in Guyana. Stakeholders were drawn from the Environmental Assessment Board, Department of Environment, Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), University of Guyana, Ministry of Natural Resources, Guyana Maritime Administration Department, GUYOIL and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Mexican Ambassador to Guyana, H.E. Ivan Sierra expressed optimism that the event was a launching pad for future bilateral partnerships with the Government of Mexico. Ambassador Sierra also announced an internship opportunity for three Guyanese representatives to join the Mexican Institute of Petroleum in a six (6) week comprehensive internship program that would involve further capacity building and training in the oil and gas sector.