Guyana and South Africa to strengthen relations as Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources visits

The Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources of the Republic of South Africa, Hon. Godfrey Oliphant, has accepted an invitation from the Minister of Natural Resources of Guyana, Hon. Raphael G.C. Trotman, M.P., to travel to Guyana for a five day visit. The arrangements for the visit were facilitated by Guyana’s High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, Dr. Kenrick Hunte, working in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Guyana.

Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Godfrey Oliphant.

The Deputy Minister will arrive in Guyana with his five (5) person delegation during the week of February 24th, 2019 and engage with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Natural Resources, among others.

Since both countries have similarities with regards to mining, this visit is expected to see the Ministry of Natural Resources utilizing the opportunity to build a closer working relationship between Guyana and South Africa on mining matters, the fostering of learning exchanges and opportunities, and the building of south-south cooperation.

Just as Guyana’s Ministry has responsibility for mining, South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources is responsible for overseeing the mining industry of South Africa and the exploitation of the country’s mineral resources.

The Government of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana is proud of the steps constantly taken to ensure continuous growth and the strengthening of friendly relations between Guyana and South Africa since their establishment of diplomatic relations on November 4th, 1994. The Ministry of Natural Resources looks forward to the meaningful interactions and discussions that this esteemed visit will bring.

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