Minister of Natural Resources to engage business/commerce across country

GINA, GUYANA, Saturday, May 13, 2017

Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman said he would engage the business and commerce sectors across the country in relation to Guyana’s emerging oil and gas sector.

Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman

Minister Trotman made the announcement during a call in programme on RCA television station in Charity, Region Two on Friday. The programme was part of the Ministry’s national outreach programme.

The government is very keen that every county, “has a right to participate” in the new industry. However the Minister cautioned that while not everyone will be able to directly benefit from the industry, “Certainly in Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo we have something to do with the oil and gas industry.”

To this effect, the Minister said he will be meeting with the business and commerce sectors in these counties to explain how business can participate in the oil and gas sector.  Minister Trotman highlighted that he will be meeting with Essequibo Chamber of Commerce in the coming week.

Minister Trotman meeting with staff of the GFC at the Supernaam office

The Minister has already met with the Berbice Chamber of Commerce and the Private Sector in Georgetown; he will also be meeting with the Georgetown Chambers of Commerce and other stakeholders in the coming month.

During his visit to Region Two the Minister met with the Guyana Forestry Commission officers at the Supernaam office. The Minister also held closed door meetings with regional officials to update them on the development of Guyana’s oil and gas sector.    

Regional Democratic Councillor of Region Two, Hardat Narine said he was enthusiastic over the prospects of Essequibo benefitting from oil and gas. “I’m excited as an Essequibian, we would be doing so much for the Region…I want to tell my Essequibians Region Two is not forgotten,” Narine said.

By: Tiffny Rhodius