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GUYANA seeks more diaspora involvement in advancing oil & gas economy – Opinion: OilNOW

By Dr. Terrence Blackman and Utamu Belle – OilNOW – May 8, 2022.

Guyana’s leadership wants Guyanese and its members in the diaspora to play more significant roles in the country’s developing oil and gas economy as its key players work on advancing the industry forward.

Guyana’s Foreign Secretary, Robert Persaud.

Guyana’s Foreign Secretary, Robert Persaud, emphasized this commitment during conversations with members of the diaspora at a seminar titled “Opportunities for the Diaspora in Guyana’s New Economy,” hosted by the Natural Resources Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The event was conducted at the Hermandston Lodge in Georgetown and virtually.

Speaking at the event, Guyana’s Foreign Secretary, Robert Persaud, stressed the need for more participation and Guyanese to take up leadership positions within the industry. He pointed out that the government is working to ensure that they can play more key, significant roles.            Continue reading

GUYANA: OIL: Despite Exxon’s warning of dangers in Canje Block, EPA says go ahead

Mar 08, 2022 – Kaieteur News –

Hundreds of tons of waste will be generated on a monthly basis as oil giant, Exxon through its subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL), embarks on its 12-well drilling campaign in the Canje Block, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has exempted the operator from conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the three-year drilling programme, despite being warned that it could yield adverse effects.

The EPA, in a recently published notice to the public on its website explained that the application by Exxon has been screened by the agency to assess the potential environmental impacts. To this end, the EPA has concluded that the project will not “significantly affect the environment or human health.” However, the operator will be required to prepare and submit an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for the project.

In its project summary for the 12-well campaign, Exxon pointed out that while similar impacts from its other campaigns could be expected from this project, these could be adverse.          Continue reading

GUYANA: The tangled web of nepotism in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Opinion

The PPP/C will worsen a bad situation in the Foreign Service. Its recent engineering of changes with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has compounded and confused responsibilities within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On Monday last, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced five appointments; an offer to former Foreign Minister, Carl Greenidge to be an advisor on Borders (Frontiers); the appointment of the former Director General of the Ministry, Audrey Jardine-Waddell, as its Permanent Secretary; the reversion of the former acting, Permanent Secretary, Charlene Phoenix, as Ambassador to Caricom; the appointment of former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, as Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations; and the appointment of former Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Natural Resources, Robert Persaud as Foreign Secretary.        Continue reading

Guyana Government: Foreign Minister Hugh Todd appoints Greenidge as Advisor; several others

Ambassador to the United Nations is now Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett

Aug 18, 2020  Kaieteur News

Carl Greenidge

 Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hugh Todd, yesterday announced several appointments within his Ministry. Todd said that the appointments are meant to bolster the Ministry’s foreign relations, technical and administrative capacity and strengthen his ministerial mandate.  Here are his appointments:

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Former PPP/C ministers adjust to life in and out of Guyana

After elections loss, former PPP/C ministers adjust to life in Guyana and out

Stabroek News – 11 January 2012 – Following the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) loss in last year’s May 11 general elections, some of its former ministers have moved to new pastures outside the country while others remain here though not representing the party in the National Assembly.

The PPP/C had replaced just under one-third of its Members of Parliament from the 10th Parliament. These include former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and former Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Public Works, Natural Resources, Labour, Human Services, Local Government, and Agriculture, respectively Ashni Singh, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, Robeson Benn, Robert Persaud, Nanda Kishore Gopaul, Jennifer Webster, Norman Whittaker and Leslie Ramsammy.   Continue reading

GUYANA – Latest News from various sources – November 17, 2015

GUYANA – LATEST NEWS – 17 November 2015  –  Kaieteur News 

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Asian wood companies told to start value added production or face contract termination

Asian wood companies told to start value added production or face contract termination

Governance Minister Raphael Trotman

Raphael Trotman

[29 July 2015 – Demerara Waves – Written by  ]

Bai Shan Lin Forest Development Inc. and Vaitarna Holdings Private Inc. will have their contracts, which allows them to harvest timber from Guyana’s forests, terminated if they fail to commence value-added operations by year-end, says Governance Minister Raphael Trotman.

Bai Shan Lin established itself in Guyana in 2005 and has several concessions in Guyana, including around 960,000 hectares of forest, a 20-kilometer river gold mining concession, and 400 acres of land for real estate development. Vaitarna’s also holds a concession for several hundred thousand hectares of forest.
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Guyana Election 2015: GECOM to make declaration on Saturday May 16, 2015

 GECOM to make declaration on Saturday May 16, 2015

Gecom imageMAY 15, 2015 | BY KNEWS |

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has said that no final declaration for the 2015 results will be made today (May 15, 2015).

Instead, the body said that the results of Monday’s elections for a new Government, will be revealed tomorrow (Saturday May 16) after midday when the period for which parties may raise objections would have elapsed.

The results have been declared by the respective Returning Officers for the 10 electoral districts, GECOM said. Continue reading

Guyana Elections Reports and Analysis – 15 May 2015

FRONT PAGE COMMENT… Peace, Unity and Reconciliation

Gecom imageMay 15, 2015 | Filed Under News

Guyana deserves a peaceful, orderly and smooth transition to a new government. Such a transition is the balm that is needed after the bruising and fiercely contested elections campaigns of the past two months. As we now know, the elections have resulted in an extremely narrow victory for the APNU+AFC coalition which will now form […]

Former minister Robert Persaud concedes defeat, calls for inclusive governance

May 15, 2015 | Filed Under News

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Guyana: Exxon Mobil to begin exploratory drilling offshore – Venezuela reacts!


 Guyana: Exxon Mobil to begin exploratory drilling offshore 

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thursday February 19, 2015, CMC – Exxon Mobil says plans are in place to start exploratory drilling next month.

In a release on Thursday, it was disclosed that the Minister of Natural Resources Robert Persaud, met with Chuck Calavan, ExxonMobil Vice President of US and Latin America and Jeff Simon, Country Manager, ESSO.

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