The outstanding community leader and stalwart of Kwakwani, Mr. Charles Alexander Thom was hailed as a hero as he was laid to rest on June 7th. The Friday farewell ceremony held in his Kwakwani community recognized him as a noteworthy contributor to the development of the community and one who touched the lives of many. This was evident by the presence of hundreds of converged at the Community Ground to bid him farewell. Among Mr. Thom’s farewell attendees were his family and friends along with his many colleagues. Also in attendance were the Minister of Natural Resources Hon. Raphael Trotman, [...]
In what was termed a memorable moment by Headteacher Pamela Adrian, the Kwakwani Secondary School on June 7th opened its computer lab outfitted with fifteen new computer systems and air conditioning to the students of the school. The aforementioned are donations from Mr. Rahaman Razac of R. Razac Business and Enterprise, and stand part of his Corporate Social Responsibility to the community. Mr. Razac is currently involved in the logging industry in Kwakwani and as mandated by the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), large loggers must contribute in meaningful ways to the areas in which they operate. According to the Headteacher, [...]
Today, Friday, May 24, 2019, Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Raphael Trotman oversaw the holding of a mining lottery conducted by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) at Port Kaituma, Region 1, and Mining District 5. This is the second lottery for 2019 and follows a similar exercise held in Georgetown in March. The Minister, who was accompanied by Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples' Affairs, Hon. Valerie Garrido-Lowe, and Regional Member of Parliament, Mr. Richard Allen, explained to the scores who had gathered, that this was the fulfillment of a promise made to make more mining lands [...]
Task Force established for the reorganizing and restructuring of the Guyana Forestry Commission The Ministry of Natural Resources has taken note of the letters and commentaries regarding the functioning of the task force and wishes to reiterate the Cabinet's direction on this matter. In view of the national objective of moving towards a 'green' economy and the consequent realignment of critical agencies of State, Cabinet has approved a proposal for the restructuring of the Guyana Forestry Commission. Consequently, a Task Force has been established jointly between the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and the Board of Directors of the Guyana [...]
The Ministry of Natural Resources is continuing to ensure the fair distribution of mining lands by hosting two additional mining lotteries of Medium Scale blocks. These are set to be held at Port Kaituma on May 24, 2019, and at Bartica on June 14, 2019, and will be the second and third lotteries held thus far in fulfilment of Minister, Hon. Raphael Trotman's promise to small miners. The first lottery exercise was held in Georgetown and had seen over 200 persons benefitting. The advancement of these lotteries has been facilitated by the Minister of Natural Resources Hon. Raphael Trotman to [...]
Press Release – Minister Trotman discusses Guyana Gold Board (Amendment) Bill 2019 with GGB, gold dealers and natural resources sector stakeholders
The Minister of Natural Resources Hon. Raphael Trotman today met with the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) along with gold dealers and mining organizations to discuss the amendments to the Guyana Gold Board Act. During the meeting, the Minister made a presentation of the Guyana Gold Board (Amendment) Bill 2019 which seeks to amend the Guyana Gold Board Act, Cap. 66:01 and certain provisions of the Tax Act, Cap 80:01 in an effort to strengthen the regulating regime of the gold trade. This would, as a result, allow the successful execution of the provisions of the Act and therefore improve transparency, [...]
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Press Release – MOU Signed between Government of Guyana and National Service of Geology and Mining Government of the Republic of Chile
Santiago, Chile: Minister of Natural Resources Hon. Raphael Trotman today, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chile´s Minister of Mining Hon. Baldo Prokurica and the National Service of Geology and Mining of the Government of the Republic of Chile (SERNAGEOMIN). The Memorandum provides a framework for the exchange of scientific and technical knowledge and the augmentation of scientific and technical capabilities of the GGMC and SERNAGEOMIN with respect to Earth Sciences and Mining. “The signing of this MoU brings to fruition areas discussed when His Excellency, President David Granger visited Chile two years ago. We look to Chile as a good example [...]
Press Release – Clarifications on ongoing GGMC enforcement operations at Marudi Mountain, Region 9, and Tassawini, Region 1.
The Ministry of Natural Resources wishes to give clarifications on the enforcement exercises currently under execution at Marudi Mountain and Tassawini. Particularly the Ministry wishes to highlight the nature of the operations; why they became necessary and their overall objectives. Marudi Mountain’s Enforcement The operation began on May 1st, 2019 with a team of officers headed by GGMC Senior Engineer, Trevor Hurry along with three members of the Ministry’s Corps of Wardens and four members of the Guyana Police Force. This was in response to major deviations from the ‘Mediation of the Marudi Mountain Dispute Agreement’ of 2016. In April [...]
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