Minister Trotman inducts new Guyana Gold Board – says lots of work to be done

Georgetown, Guyana – (January 15, 2016) Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman, today, inducted the new members of the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) charging them to  fulfil their mandate  to the best of their abilities, for the good of the mining community and the nation.

Newly installed Chairperson of the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) Mrs. Joycelyn Williams

Newly installed Chairperson of the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) Mrs. Joycelyn Williams

Those inducted today were Mrs. Joycelyn Williams, an Economist, who will serve as the Chairperson; Mr. John Yates, former Banker; serving as Deputy Chairperson; Ms. Lisaveta Ramotar, General Manager, Guyana Gold Board; Ms. Joanna Homer, Legal Officer, Ministry of Natural Resources; Ms. Theresa Foster, representative from the Bank of Guyana; Mr. Michael Somersall, Attorney at Law; Mr. Andron Alphonso, representative from the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners’ Association (GGDMA) and Ms. Susan Bullen, Attorney at Law. A representative from the Guyana Geology and Mines’ Commission (GGMC) is expected to be added to the line-up.

Ministry of Natural Resources, Minister Trotman briefed the new members on the activities and developments which have taken place since the new administration took office, at a meeting held at the Ministry’s boardroom.

He also highlighted issues that would require immediate intervention, while outlining his expectations for the agency.

Minister Trotman noted that the new Board must focus its attention on combating gold smuggling and increasing production and declarations and decide whether it was necessary to set-up offices in the mining districts to fulfil this mandate.  At the same time, he noted that the Board must work in tandem with the policies and regulations of the government in mind.

Meanwhile, Chair of the Board, Mrs. Joycelyn Williams expressed gratitude to the Minister and Government of Guyana for the confidence reposed in the Board members even as she pledged its commitment to ensuring that gold production and declarations are significantly increased.

The Board also pledged to ensure that a stronger relationship is built with the GGMC in order to foster a strong mining sector.

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