Govt convenes Multi-Stakeholder committee on natural resources

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The government has convened a Multi-Stakeholder Committee (MSC) to manage the country’s natural resources for Guyanese now and in the future.

The MSC is a mechanism to guide the management of the country’s natural resources and strengthen transparency and accountability among other things. The meeting was held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC), Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara.

“This is meant to be an interchange and exchange between stakeholders about Guyana’s natural resources on how they can be harnessed and utilised in a sustainable and respectful manner,” Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman said.

Cabinet gave its approval for the establishment of the MSC in April following the presentation of a memorandum by Minister Trotman.

The MSC consists of the Ministries of Natural Resources, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and Communities. It is also made up of the regulatory agencies within the natural resources sector, civil society and academia.

“Today’s gathering is not meant to be a closed gathering of a few select persons but rather to be facilitating a process to represent as many as we can,” Minister Trotman explained.

The MSC is expected to meet on a quarterly basis to discuss the development of the natural resources sector in alignment with the green state development stage.

By: Tiffny Rhodius

Images: Jameel Mohamed

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