GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The government continues its efforts to ensure that investment opportunities in Guyana are taken advantage of by investors who can tangibly give back to the country whilst adding value to the sector.
Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Robert Persaud at a press briefing on Thursday informed media operatives that the most recent partnership between the governments of Guyana and Brazil will yield added benefits for Guyana.
The cooperation between the two countries will see collaboration with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission to work with semi-precious stones and the Guyana Forestry Commission to advance geo-processing technologies.
“We have been pursuing cooperation with a number of countries and just recently we have been able to pursue cooperation with the government of Brazil,” Persaud said.
He added that no progress has been made thus far with the semi-precious stones specifically regarding the development of agates, jasper and pearls, however in some of the remote areas of Guyana, some quantities of such stones have been discovered, but there is need to upgrade extracting skills to which the Brazilian government will offer its support to the GGMC.
“We believe this industry is a niche industry and an area with a lot of potential…whilst there is gold there are the semi-precious stones with a lot of value which need to be worked on in diversifying our portfolio,” Persaud explained.
He added that in advancing the Forestry Commission’s capacity of geo-processing activities, heavy focus will be committed in looking at GIS work and remodelling geo-spatial work.
“We will have technicians going to Brazil for training and also technicians coming from Brazil for training… that will allow the Guyana Forestry Commission to improve its monitoring work and enhance the way in which they manage the forest,” Persaud explained.
He added that the two areas collectively will assist Guyana is effectively managing its natural resources.
“…Because we have all the agencies interlinked whereby there is a lot of sharing…an arrangement has been setup to share information efficiently…so the issues and problems can be immediately responded to,” Persaud explained.
Whilst the projects are being finalised, Persaud indicated that communities in the southern parts of Guyana, specifically the Rupununi and certain areas of Berbice will be under review.
Earlier in the week the minister of natural resources and the environment met with a twelve-man delegation from Japan’s Information Center for Petroleum Exploration and Production, who were on a two-day expedition to research Guyana’s oil, gas and natural resources sector.