Guyanese Trade Mission “encouraged” by discussions in Aberdeen

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Officials meet in Aberdeen, United Kingdom, for historic Trade Mission. November 2018.

One day into a trade mission to Europe’s Energy Capital, Aberdeen, several companies expressed interests in partnering with Guyanese businesses in the emerging Oil and Gas industry.

Guyanese High Commissioner to the UK, Frederick Hamley Case and his British counterpart in Guyana, Greg Quinn, are leading the delegation, aimed at fostering relations to support the emerging petroleum sector in the South American country.

During the five-day mission, the team intends to meet with several Oil and Gas suppliers as well as academic institutions.

“Discussions and the visit are going very well. Without going into specifics as details are still to be worked out; there have been expressions of interest on possible partnerships,” High Commissioner Quinn told OilNow.

He believes that Guyana could benefit from Aberdeen’s vast experience.

“Aberdeen has developed hugely over the past 40 years but not everything has been perfect. That includes ensuring that the local community benefits from oil wealth. So there are lessons there to ensure Guyana doesn’t do the same. That goes along with the positives of how oil has changed and developed Aberdeen,” the UK Diplomat stated.

Meanwhile, Guyana’s High Commissioner was quoted by Energy Voice as saying that Aberdeen’s experience with the North Sea sector will be indispensable to Guyana’s journey.

“In terms of oil and gas this is our first trade mission, and next year there will be a reciprocal mission to Guyana from Aberdeen,” he told the online news outlet. “I think the enthusiasm is there both from the private sector and the government and I am sure a lot will evolve from this.”

So far, the team has met with the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Barney Crocett and his team to discuss experience and potential areas of cooperation.

They have also held discussions with the Scottish Qualifications Authority on providing vocational training for Guyanese.

On Thursday, November 29, the Aberdeen-Guyana Gateway will be launched, linking the participating trade mission with some 90 companies based in Aberdeen.

One highlight of this three-day programme is the traditional Gateway lunchtime gathering featuring an “impressive line-up to speakers from both locations”, according to organisers.

A team from the UK Energy Capital is due to visit Guyana in January 2019 to further discussions and explore areas of partnership.