Guyanese officials to visit Mexico in ‘technical exchange’ mission on petroleum

Guyana's Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman, Mexican Ambassador to Guyana, His Excellency Iván Sierra and officials during a meeting on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Georgetown, Guyana.

Four officials from Guyana’s Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) will soon be visiting Mexico as part of a ‘technical exchange’ exercise with the Mexican Institute of Petroleum (IMP).

The South American country’s Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman met with the Mexican Ambassador to Guyana, His Excellency Iván Sierra and a delegation from the Mexican Institute of Petroleum (IMP) on Wednesday. Mr. Trotman was accompanied by officials from his ministry.

MNR said in a press release that the meeting was held as part of an update, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Natural Resources and the IMP in March 2017. This is to facilitate cooperation in scientific and technology exchanges and capacity building within Guyana’s emerging petroleum sector.

To date, one young Guyanese is on a post-graduate scholarship to the IMP and a technical officer was able to observe an offshore environmental baseline study, MNR said.

Since March 2017, the IMP has opened a new deep-water technology research facility which houses six state-of-the-art labs, a center for evaluation and accreditation of labour skills and competence, which is recognised to award both Mexican and international certificates of accreditation and has carried out pioneering work on its first social baseline study.

In addition to the technical assistance and training to produce three white papers on the development of a petroleum training institute, legislative framework and regulatory framework, the IMP has now introduced a fourth white paper on oil field management.

MNR said a delegation of four officers will be traveling to Mexico within the next quarter of 2018 as part of this technical exchange exercise. The MNR and IMP also agreed to pursue a broader framework of scientific and technology exchanges through the University of Guyana.