NEW UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE MS MIKIKO TANAKA VISITS MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES HON RAPHAEL G. C. TROTMAN
United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator, Mikiko Tanaka and Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman have held brief discussions on a number of issues relating to the work of the Ministry.
Minister Trotman said the UNDP has been extremely helpful in the area of sustainable mining practices in the transition from mercury use and in capacity building.
The Minister said that he would like the Ministry to have a stronger and better-defined arrangement with the UNDP and described the UN body as being a non-partisan and equitable development partner with whom the Ministry is always pleased to work.
The Minister told UNDP Resident Representative that the extractive sector can be an important facet in the green economy and that the two concepts are not mutually exclusive.
He pointed out that of the extractive industries are an integral part of the Guyanese economy and a mainstay of life for Guyanese.
The Ministry’s ongoing efforts to create a regime to support Guyana’s developing oil and gas industry, including the building of the necessary capacity and passage legislation, were also discussed.
The UNDP Resident Representative acknowledged the importance role mining plays in Guyana’s economy, but said that there is greater need for adding value to the extractive industry as a whole.
She expressed her willingness to explore ways in which the UNDP can help the Ministry achieve its goals.