Guyana to benefit from Mexico’s oil and gas experience 

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Executive Director of the National Agency for Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection (ASEA) in Mexico, Carlos de Regules is of the opinion that Guyana can benefit from Mexico’s experience in the oil and gas sector.

On Wednesday morning, Regules along with Mexican Ambassador to Guyana, Ivan Robero Sierra Medel paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo where the topic was discussed.

The ASEA director stated that while Mexico has been an oil producer for over a century, three years ago, the industry underwent reform. He explained that “institutions, environmental regulations and safety regulations” had to be designed and put into place.

Regules noted that “in a way, it is a similar situation to what Guyana is experiencing at this time, the country is facing a very promising future with oil and gas,” adding that the question is “you harness this future in order to make it sustainable and a positive future.”

Collaborating with the Inter-American Development Bank, Regules is currently spearheading a team which is conducting a three-day workshop where representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ministry of the Presidency, Ministry of Natural Resources and other organizations with an interest in the oil and gas industry are being engaged.

The director emphasized that Mexico’s “recent experience can be of value to Guyana in deciding how to better harness this oil and gas industry to make it a positive thing for the country.”

He also expressed interest in hosting future workshops to continue the conversation.

Prime Minister Nagamootoo expressed his gratitude towards the ASEA Director while noting that the training sessions are a result of discussions had between both governments in 2015.

The Prime Minister stated that the Central American nation has been managing their oil and gas sector since 1906.

“We saw developing relations between our two countries and now you have come here to conduct these classes and we can only benefit from your experiences,” he said.

Carlos de Regules also presented Prime Minister Nagamootoo with a map of Mexico’s coastline depicting their oil reserves and level of production.

By. Anara Khan.

Images: Keno George.

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