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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Guyana signs petroleum agreement with major US oil Exploration and Production Company

The Government of Guyana has signed an Agreement with Anadarko Guyana Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko) a United States of America based company to undertake exploration in the deep waters of Guyana’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
Given Guyana’s abundance of natural resources, the Company has sought to engage the Government of Guyana to conduct exploration activities in 2011 and had submitted technical proposals and held a series of discussions with senior government officials including President Donald Ramotar. The discussions resulted in an agreement to commence studying available data for the concession acreage, which will be referred to as the “Roraima Block,” in greater detail with a view to identify leads that could result in prospects favourable for drilling to locate potential resources of petroleum.

Minister Robert Persaud presents copies of the signed agreement between the Government of Guyana and Anadarko to Mr. Andrew Mehlhop, Exploration Manager, South America, Anadarko. Also in photo are: Mr. Brent Hardt,United States Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Richard Lapin, Project Advisor, International Negotiations, Anadarko, Mr. Joslyn McKenzie, Permanent Secretary, MNRE, Major General (rtd), Mr. Joseph Singh, Chairman, Board of Directors, GGMC, Ms. Karen Livan, Commissioner, GGMC, Mr. Newell Dennison, Manager, Petroleum Division, GGMC and other officials.

Anadarko is among the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies with approximately 2.54 billion barrels of oil equivalent in proved reserves at year-end 2011.
Further, the signing of the agreement comes at a time when drilling on several fronts have occurred. Only recently a licence was awarded to NABI Oil and Gas Inc. to undertake drilling on the coast of Guyana.
In addition, the Cabinet has approved a proposal by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment to establish a Petroleum Advisory Board to overlook the Oil and Gas sector, while the Commonwealth Sector is reviewing Guyana’s regulations governing the petroleum sector to make it more investor friendly to ensure Guyana benefits from the opportunities of finding oil.
The government is also collaborating with a number of external partners including the US, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago to enhance its capabilities in the development of the oil and gas sectors.
The Government of Guyana will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure necessary precautions and environmental safeguards are in place to develop a sustainable oil and gas industry.



Inaugural lecture held on life and work of late Dr. Desrey Fox

Georgetown, GINA, June 26, 2012

At an inaugural lecture organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport to honour the life and work of the late Minister within the Ministry of Education Dr. Desrey Ceasar-Fox was held on Monday at the Umana Yana, Kingston.
            The event which attracted a number of prominent persons reflected on Dr. Fox’s many accomplishments and her passion for the development and preservation of Amerindian languages.
            Prime Minister Samuel Hinds in delivering brief remarks spoke of the work the late minister did and, much of which is part of the country’s rich history.
            Mr. Hinds stated that more can and will be done by Government to promote Amerindian Heritage and language as it was a passion of Dr. Fox.

Dr. Raquel Thomas-Caesar addressing the gathering during the inaugural lecture on the life and work of the late Dr. Desrey Caesar- Fox at the Umana Yana, Kingston

            “We are very proud of her achievements….Guyana has had a great loss with her demise,” he said. Dr Fox succumbed to her injuries after she was involved in an automobile accident in December 2009.
            Presidential Advisor on Governance, Gail Teixeira stated that the lecture which is the first of many was important as it allowed persons to reflect on the important achievements by Dr. Fox.
            She added that while there is important work which was started by Dr. Fox and which needs to be completed, called on the students and lecturers of cultural linguistics and anthropology to continue her work.
            At the time of her death, Dr. Fox along with Teixeira and Foreign Affairs Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett was in the process of translating the National Anthem into the nine Amerindian languages.
            Thus far, only six have been completed and the Presidential Advisor on Governance, committed on behalf of the Government to ensuring that the remainder are completed and, in a timely manner.

A section of the attendees during the inaugural lecture on the life and work of Dr. Desrey Caesar-Fox at the Umana Yana, Kingston

            “It is very important for our people to have and respect the different languages in Guyana, and we have and must preserve them regardless of their kind and creed,” she said.
            The lecture which is now an annual event in the Ministry of Culture’s calendar of events also saw an in-depth reflection on the life of Dr. Fox by Director of Training, Iwokrama, Dr. Raquel Thomas-Caesar.
            Dr. Thomas-Caesar described the late leader, as a remarkable person who fought for what she believed in and carried herself with great humility.
            “I can safely say that Guyana lost a great treasure…Dr. Fox had so much passion in life and for her heritage…she felt that more needed to be done and as such, she embarked in the preservation of Amerindian languages at the University of Guyana,” she said.
             According to Dr. Thomas-Caesar the work of Dr. Fox continues to have a tremendous impact on the development of Guyana’s as she will be remembered for her many contributions to academic, sports and the political arena.
          Ministers of Amerindian Affairs and Foreign Affairs, Pauline Sukhai and Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett respectively were also present at the event to celebrate the life of Dr. Fox with her many relative, friends and well wishers.

Presidential Advisor on Governance, Gail Teixeira speaking on Dr. Fox’s many accomplishments

Born on January 2, 1956 at Waramadong Village, Region 7, Desrey Clementine Caesar attended the Waramadong Primary School, and the Campbellville Government School and then briefly the Georgetown Seventh-Day Adventist Academy.
            She was awarded a nursing scholarship in 1973 and was a trained midwife at the Georgetown Hospital School of Nursing. She married a few years later.
            In 1977 she joined the University of Guyana (UG) as a junior researcher attached to a special project referred to as the Amerindian Languages Project. She continued serving within this unit until it evolved into the present Amerindian Research Unit.
            The focus of her research was cross-cultural, resulting in data being collected and analyzed on a wide range of Amerindian issues and situations in Guyana such as their pre-history, present history, spirituality, demography, geography, rites and rituals, kinship networks, language, music and general aspects of their way of life.

Prime Minister Samuel Hinds addressing the gathering during the inaugural lecture in recognition of the life and work of Dr. Desrey Caesar-Fox at the Umana Yana, Kingston  

            She secured a Master’s of Arts in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Kent at Canterbury, in the United Kingdom in 1997, then a PhD in Linguistics from Rice University, Houston Texas in 2003 and a Master’s of Arts in Linguistics at the same University in 2003.
       She also obtained a B.Sc Sociology from the University of Guyana.
          She was the Curator of the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology and lectured in Linguistics and Amerindian Studies at UG and taught special courses at the Universities of Oregon and Rice.



Workshop underway to build law enforcement capacity in terrorism fight
Georgetown, GINA, June 26, 2012

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Terrorism Prevention Branch (UNODC/TPB) and the Organisation of American States (OAS), in collaboration with the Government of Guyana this morning, commenced a four-day specialised workshop which seeks to build the overall capacity of the country’s law enforcement and regulatory institutions’ capacity to fight terrorism.
The workshop, which is being held under the theme, “The Prevention and Fight against Terrorism and Its Financing,” at the Grand Coastal Inn, is the third mission of such kind mounted by UNODC in Guyana to address the issue of Terrorism.

Representatives of law enforcement and regulatory institutions at the workshop on prevention and fight against terrorism and its financing

Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee speaking at the opening ceremony said, “Guyana has long recognised that there must be regional, hemispheric, and international cooperation to fight acts of terrorism and the financing of terrorism.”
The Minister said that it’s with that focus in mind that Guyana would have  signed onto 12 of the 16 Anti Terrorism Instruments that have been agreed to by the United Nations (UN) and additionally partied to the Anti Terrorism Instruments that have been sponsored by OAS.
Minister Rohee said the Government’s plan to address terrorism in Guyana is based on three main platforms; legislative intervention, capacity building of the law enforcement and regulatory institutions and the allocation of capital resource to law enforcement and other agencies.

Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee addressing the anti-terrorism workshop

Minister Rohee said as part of the legislative agenda, “Government is considering proposals that would eventually lead to the submission of an Anti Terrorism Bill in Parliament,” an initiative, the Minister said that could be considered a work in progress.
As part of the country’s legislative fight against terrorism, Government would have in 2002 amended the (Criminal Law) Offences Act chapter 8:01 to the Criminalised Terrorist Act and passed the Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act No.13 of 2009.
Minister Rohee said that with regards to capacity building, in recognition of the reality that there must be in place adequately trained officials to prevent, investigate and prosecute persons who may want to engage in terrorism, the workshop represents one of the activities and efforts aimed at ensuring this training to the staff of the relevant agencies.
Government has over the years, “has within its limited resource base, been directing significant sums of money to acquire the requisite equipment to support the respective Law Enforcement Agencies to enable them to carry out their Terrorism Prevention and detection activities,” Minster Rohee said, as he further pledged Government’s  support of injecting  the requisite funds to those agencies.

Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee with representatives of UNODC/TPB, OAS and Guyana’s law enforcement and regulatory institutions at the workshop on the prevention and fight against terrorism and its financing

He further pledged that Guyana, as part of the world community, will continue to work with its partners to fight the scourge of terrorism, in recognition that, the country’s work will be made easier if all countries cooperate to combat it.
 In this line, he said, Government welcomes the partnership with the UNODC/TPB and OAS.
            OAS’ Representative, Denis Moses, also reiterated the need for collective cooperation in the fight against terrorism.  He said that, the nature of contemporary terrorism and its financing call for international cooperation, in any attempt to staunch this scourge is to be facilitated.
He said that OAS holds the view that “terrorism demands the unwavering cooperation of all stakeholders at every level in the different relevant areas to be contained or defeated.”
Moses said it is therefore important that countries, organisations and institutions work together “to ensure strategies, instruments of cooperation and the necessary legal underpinnings be established, shared and refined to keep pace with the ever evolving practices of those involved in terrorism.”
Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation( FAO) and UN Resident Coordinator, Dr. Lystra Fletcher - Paul called government’s organisation of the workshop, “timely and valuable” and said the presence of the country’s high level personnel at the workshop is demonstrative of Guyana’s commitment to preventing combative terrorism.
Fletcher- Paul said that the UN is “fully convinced that a counter terrorism effort will have a strong positive impact on development especially in the Caribbean regions.” 














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