Draft National Mineral Sector Policy Framework and Plan 2019-2029 available for public review and comment

Ministry of Natural Resources, Press Release – Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Stakeholders and members of the public are invited to review and comment on the draft National Mineral Sector Policy Framework and Plan 2019-2029. The document can be viewed electronically at: https://www.nre.gov.gy/2018/10/03/green-paper-national-mineral-sector-policy-framework-and-actions-2019-2029/

Recognising the need for a single, comprehensive planning document for the mineral sector, the Ministry of Natural Resources on April 27, 2018, awarded a consultancy to a three-member team comprising University Lecturer Sherwood Lowe and Former Commissioners of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, William Woolford and Karen Livan for the design and publication of a 10-year strategic development plan for Guyana’s mineral sector. Lowe was designated Team Leader.

The consultants were tasked to advise, support and produce a 10-year strategic development plan for Guyana’s mineral sector; not including petroleum, covering the period 2019-2029 that adheres to the core principles of:
•           Sustainable development of mineral resources
•           The Government’s vision of a green economy
•           Sound environmental management
•           The various mining-specific international agreements to which Guyana is a signatory, such as the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the REDD+ Initiative and the EITI.
•           Participatory and consultative democracy.

Many of the recommendations on policies, strategies and actions in the document are in response to the issues miners would have raised in their media releases, and at official meetings and conferences such as the Small Miners Conference in January 2016.

By making the draft document publicly available, the consultants and the Ministry hope that the document, when completed, would reflect the views of the widest cross section of stakeholders and the public.

Comments can be emailed to: sherlowe@hotmail.com

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