High-level Ghanaian delegation in Guyana to explore investments

Ghanaian delegation headed by Deputy Energy Minister Mohammed Amin Adam
By Ray Chickrie -Caribbean News Now contributor

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The government of Guyana is forging stronger commercial ties with the African continent. Progress is being made through a large Ghanaian delegation headed by deputy energy minister Mohammed Amin Adam and a 15-member delegation currently in Georgetown exploring investment opportunities.   

On Tuesday (May 28, 2019) the director of the department of energy of Guyana, Dr Mark Bynoe, met with the Ghanaian delegation to discuss areas of mutual interest in the oil and gas sector. The delegation also called on Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams and Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman.

“I think anybody who says Guyana is not the hottest place to be and I am not speaking about climatologically but in terms of what we have found thus far in the oil and gas sector would not be lying. It’s a time in which also, we are keen to ensure that as a department though young…we seek as best we can to ensure that these resources are managed in an efficient manner and an effective manner for all of Guyana,” Bynoe said.

Bynoe noted too that the department does not underestimate the momentous task ahead and it continues to seek partnerships to ensure that it obtains the best value for the nation.

“We do not pretend to have all the answers to all the challenges that are before us but we are very much positioned and we are keen to learn from others; the good, the not so good and even the indifferent experiences so we do not have to trod the same path which others may have trod before us,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Adam said he was pleased for the opportunity to discuss issues relative to cooperation with the department.

“We are bound by so many factors [that] unites us because as you know, the …formation in your offshore bases is analogous to what we have in Ghana. So, it’s not surprising that Exxon, which is here, has also entered Ghana and so we are united by so many factors and …will be able to leverage that for the benefit of the people of our two countries,” Dr Adam said.

The delegation’s meeting with the ministers of state and natural resources, discussed areas of collaboration, particularly in mining, oil and gas, capacity building and training in the oil and gas sector, forestry and timber production, according to the press statement.

Minister Hastings-Williams said that the two countries share similar characteristics and sectors and can, therefore, look to each other for best practices, expertise and guidance where the need exists.

The minister of state also noted that the government of Guyana is serious about youth empowerment and would, therefore, welcome insight on initiatives that are geared at youth mainly through science and technology.

Dr Adam echoed similar sentiments, noting that Guyana and Ghana have shared strong ties since 1957 and he is looking forward to taking same to a higher level of collaboration.

“We would be happy to take it to a different level of diplomacy. We have so many things that unite us… we are here to share our experiences and also learn from you,” he said.

Technical advisor at Ghana’s ministry of energy, Edwin Provencal director of programmes at the office of the president (Ghana), Nana Ama Ntim; chief executive officer of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Dr KK Sarpong, manager of sustainability Ghana National Petroleum Corporation Patrick Ofori, CEO (Ag) Petroleum Commission – Ghana Egbert Faibille Jnr, CEO Ghana Gas, Dr Ben Asante and managing partner, Cromwell Gray LLP Kissi Agyebeng and others also attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, Ghana’s ambassador to Brazil, Abena Pokua Adompin Busia, a former professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, and English at Rutgers-New Brunswick’s School of Arts and Sciences, is also expected to be accredited to Guyana.

“Guyana, in this regard, extends a warm welcome to the visiting high-level delegation and private sector delegation from Ghana. We anticipate that this visit will lay a solid foundation for cooperation between our states,” President David Granger said.

 

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