GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mar 1, CMC – Guyana and South Africa Friday signed a Declaration of Intent that will allow Pretoria to assist Georgetown in a number of areas.
Earlier this week, the government said that training and capacity building, strengthening of the regulatory frameworks, enhancing value-added capabilities, geological surveying and mapping of resources and environmental preservation and modernization of mining techniques and practices, had been areas identified for cooperation.
The agreement was signed by visiting South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Godfrey Oliphant and Natural resources Minister, Raphael Trotman, who said the declaration is a precursor to a memorandum of understanding to be signed by the two countries in the future.
“At the invitation of the Guyanese government, South Africa will be willing to send technical teams to do preliminary studies for offshore exploration and mining including their basins and will assist with alternative technologies to carry out mercury-free commercial mining of gold,” according to the accord.
Provision is also being made for South Africa to help Guyana harmonised its laws to be “fully compatible” with the Kimberly Certification Process Scheme (KPCS), which provides for the protection against the trade in diamonds for funds to be used for illegal activities including war and terrorism.
The two countries have also agreed to facilitate and cooperate in commercial activities in mining and related industries.
On Friday, Trotman and Oliphant visited Linden, where they planted a tree by the Causarina Drive arch that was built in 2016 in observance of 100 years of bauxite production in Region 10.