TI ha estado con gran consternación que he estado leyendo Stabroek News de la semana pasada y ahora el Kaieteur News en relación con los pronunciamientos sobre la concesión de un permiso de la encuesta geológica y geofísica ( PGSS ) en el sur de Guyana ante la sociedad guyanesa Muri Brasil Ventures Inc.I estoy perplejo en cuanto al motivo detrás de toda la luz negativa en la que esta inversión potencialmente gran escala está siendo lanzado . Esta es una encuesta que representa una gran promesa para Guyana , sin embargo, los motivos de muchos de los objetores , como la Asociación de Derechos Humanos de Guyana , Una Asociación para la Unidad Nacional José Harmon y varios expertos políticos siguen siendo , en el mejor , desconocido.
Lo anterior es una prueba de que los estudios de los minerales en esta zona se llevó a cabo por el Gobierno sobre su territorio . La única diferencia hoy es que los estudios se llevan a cabo por una empresa privada .
Hay muchas declaraciones están colocados para el consumo público que en el mejor más engañoso . La primera es la del mapa que pretende mostrar la minería en las fronteras . Cualquier investigación preliminar demostraría que hay una zona definitivo sobre las fronteras de todo de Guyana en la que la minería puede y no puede llevarse a cabo .
Ex Rep . Director de GGMC
Retirado Director Ejecutivo GGDMA
I am yet to comprehend what it is that they want, despite reading all of the complaints, accusations and demands. Some I have seen have called for the resignation of the Honourable Minister of Natural Resources Robert Persaud, the rescinding of the PGSS, a separation of Ministerial duties and Protection of the Environment. I have also noticed that this matter only came to the fore when there was a discussion about an illegal road being built by a Brazilian in the Parabara area. For the record, the builders of that road and Muri Brasil Ventures Inc. are not connected, nor is Muri involved in any road building.
So far all of the articles seem to hint and make the assumption that there is some level of corruption involved.
On a historical note, this is not the first time the area in question is being studied vis-à-vis research activities to determine the type of minerals. Were there any previous studies in this area? The answer is yes, several decades ago studies were done by:
1. the United Nations Revolving Fund Programme whose findings are a matter of public record,
2. studies were also done in the late 70s by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) headed by Geologist Chris Barron,
3. under the stewardship of Commissioner William Woolford further studies were done by Mr. Nestor, GGMC, these findings should also be public knowledge.
4. Studies have been done by a Guyana/Brazil team over the Mursi area, I am not aware if these findings have been made available to the public.
The above is proof that studies for minerals in this area was conducted by Government over its territory. The only difference today, is that the studies are being carried out by a private firm. So why all the fuss about this study?
There are many statements being placed for public consumption that are at best most misleading. The first is that of the map purporting to show mining on the borders. Any preliminary investigation would show that there is a definitive area on all Guyana’s borders in which mining can and cannot be conducted.
This is the law of the land. The second bit of information which states that this agreement is a “sell-out” and that 2.2 million acres (approximately 4% of Guyana) has been granted to this company is ingenious in its ambiguity and designed to arouse the patriotism of Guyanese citizens. The fact however remains that the major beneficiary of this research, which would involve a foreign investment of 10s of millions of US dollars, is Guyana. PGSS agreements have been implemented simply because the GGMC does not have the technical or financial resources to do this type of research. Yes, there is an agreement that after a few years Muri will have the option to apply for prospecting licences.
It is sad to see that there has been no comment or response from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission or its board on this matter. The Private Sector Commission, whose current chairman was the Chairman of GGMC, has remained largely silent on this issue which threatens to drive away, not only this, but future foreign investment from Guyana.
In conclusion, Guyanese are aware of the claims by the Venezuelan Government in the Essequibo which has, and will continue to restrict large scale development such as the Upper Mazaruni Hydro Development Project and the Beal Space Project. We are also aware about the claims by Suriname which is apparently also restricting development in the New River Triangle area. Personally, I can understand where these foreign countries are coming from but it is totally incomprehensible to me why our own people (Guyanese) are against the development of Guyana for the benefit of all Guyanese.
Fmr. Director of GGMC
Retired Executive Director GGDMA