GUYANA: Oil pushing rush for Guyanese citizenship but government being cautious – Vice President Jagdeo

By OilNOW – February 5, 2022

Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo

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With massive developments set to take place in the energy sector, specifically as it relates to the multi-billion-US dollar oil and gas subsector, there has been a rush for documentation for Guyanese citizenship says Vice President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo.

Jagdeo said, “We made it clear that the people of this country must benefit from the industry and that issue has been ventilated extensively about how we are going to protect Guyanese businesses and Guyanese persons in getting jobs. But we have to be very cautious because too suddenly people are coming in for passports and (other documentation).”       

In light of this development, the official said government is being very cautious about how it grants those applications.

The Vice President added, “We have to be very careful; Guyanese citizenship has suddenly become enormously valuable for many people. Some people I know who would never look back to Guyana in all these years now they are looking for a great grandparent who had Guyanese blood to get a Guyanese passport…”

The former Head of State asserted that the government does not want to appear to be exclusionary but stressed at the same time that more locals have to benefit from opportunities in the sector. He said regional actors can still participate in the sector and enjoy the benefits afforded to locals in the Local Content Legislation by partnering with Guyanese and allowing them to enjoy 51 percent of the shares.

Thus far, Mr. Jagdeo said government is already putting in place the Local Content Secretariat which will handle its first task of creating a register of legitimate local companies and Guyanese. He said too that the government is getting some assistance from Ghana to get the ball rolling. The Vice President said the government intends to get the foregoing in place in six months.

“But I think the signal has already been sent to the oil companies and they recognize that they have to work with Guyanese companies in the prescribed areas in the act…We may need to adjust if the local capacity is overestimated, and we may have to give some waivers but as we go along, we will improve on this to get business to our people. We should fiercely as a country defend our right to do this,” expressed the Vice President.

He concluded, “We will do whatever it takes to level the playing field.”

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  • brandli62  On 02/06/2022 at 8:13 am

    “…..Some people I know who would never look back to Guyana in all these years now they are looking for a great grandparent who had Guyanese blood to get a Guyanese passport…”

    I believe that VP Jagdeo is misinformed. To my knowledge, you are not eligible to Guyanese citizenship by descent based on your great grandparents. Guyana as an independent nation exist only since 1966. Hence your great grandparents are highly unlikely to have been Guyanese citizens…. One of your parents has to be born in Guyana to claim citizenship by descent. Furthermore, the process of naturalization by descent is very time consuming requiring several trips to Georgetown for interviews, notarization of documents, requesting police and tax reports, and finally taking the oath of allegiance. Typically, the process takes 3-4 years. Obviously, VP Jagdeo is unaware of the details.

    But then does he really care? He has been trying to make some cheap points by discrediting the Guyanese diaspora. Despicable and not worthy of a VP, IMHO.

    • Emily  On 02/06/2022 at 11:44 am

      Guyanese in the Diaspora here.

      I’m not sure which foreigners in developed countries are frantically searching for great grandparents to get this coveted Guyanese citizenship?

      Other than those poor and fleeing in already poor countries like India, Bangladesh, etc?

      My friends who have Guyanese parents and are born in America and Canada don’t even care a farthing about Guyana. They do well in school and get jobs where their daily pay is a week’s pay for a middle class Guyanese worker.

      Guyana is headed towards the Equatorial Guinea model with the Moscow gangster capitalism.

      A lot of Guyanese want to leave Guyana because they can’t afford to live in the oil economy.

  • Eugene Ross  On 02/06/2022 at 2:22 pm

    A lot of people left Guyana because the government left them abandoned.
    They couldn’t live the way they were living and at that time in that current government back in the late sixties Bixby’s early seventies things went for will things weren’t fallen let’s just say things weren’t good.
    A lot of us have parents that are from Guyana a lot of us would love the opportunity for citizenship and it’s not because of the oil.
    Guyana has finally found themselves in a situation where they can provide not only only provided but make Guyana a good place a livable place. Something My grandparents and my mother were waiting a long time for.
    I myself would love the opportunity to see my parents country driving opportunity to take citizenship it’s a relationship a place to put my money into and retire.
    Again a lot of us aren’t looking at the oil but what we are looking for is a place that is beautiful Sane and has some common sense to it

    • Dennis Albert  On 02/06/2022 at 3:12 pm

      According to Jagdeo and his uneducated voters, the retirees from the Diaspora are here to “tek we oil”, while the foreign companies rob us blind.

  • Jean  On 02/06/2022 at 5:28 pm

    I think he needs to be assessed for schizophrenia.

    Guyana is the Equatorial Guinea of South America. You got a few businessmen there who own most of the wealth and land in that corrupt and crime ridden hellhole.

  • Emily Cliffe  On 02/07/2022 at 11:37 am

    First and foremost, the Guyanese people who stayed through thick and thin should be given every opportunity to upgrade their skills and paid for by the Government. Jobs to Guyanese first( every country’s practice to their citizens)
    As to citizenship, Trinidad & Tobago stands out as a prime example of how to approach this issue!
    When the economy was in shambles the world abandoned Guyana!
    Remember this!

    • Kman  On 02/07/2022 at 6:48 pm

      The Guyanese is still in shambles for most of the population?

    • Dennis Albert  On 02/08/2022 at 7:59 am

      But what about the Guyanese living abroad who send remittance by living as second class citizens in the white people’s countries?

    • Emily  On 02/08/2022 at 2:31 pm

      Can you tell me how a general laborer at GUYSUCO can manage to maintain FPSO infrastructure and skilled trades in the oil industry?

      Your politicians’ rhetoric are no different than the masses in xenophobic countries.

      Twenty years from now, we will continue to see masses of malnourished, “white mouth” and desperate Guyanese fleeing to Richmond Hill, Queens, Brooklyn and Canada.

  • Jim  On 02/07/2022 at 1:07 pm

    Getting a second citizenship is a matter of convenience. This politician sounds like he read the script of the Far Right in Hungary or Poland.
    Bad for investors.

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