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|Government, GGDMA commended for engaging in dialogue|
|Sunday, 05 August 2012 21:36|
ONCE again I wish to comment on the recent discussions between the government and the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), regarding the future of Guyana’s mining sector.
From the onset, I would like to congratulate the government and the GGDMA for engaging in constructive dialogue resulting in a common understanding that will positively impact on the lives of miners and the mining sector as a whole.
The decision by President Donald Ramotar and Minister Robert Persaud to meet with the GGDMA is a true reflection of the government’s recognition and importance of the gold-mining sector. The GGDMA had a feeling of being neglected and wanted some attention and the recent meeting is a step in the right direction to transform the sector to address the global challenges ahead. I do hope that the GGDMA is not bent on continuing business as usual, but rather continue to work from the headway made from their meeting with the President and the minister.
Additionally, the GGDMA needs all the support of the government as the price of gold is still reasonably high and more persons will continue to get involved in mining and the need to monitor and regulate mining activities will be greater. Hence, there is a greater need to protect an industry and resource that belongs to all Guyanese.
Finally, I must state that many miners, including those persons that supply fuel, ration, transportation and other services to mining camps are now optimistic under this new dispensation of collaboration between the GGDMA and the government to objectively address the concerns of all stakeholders.
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