Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Juma Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and an eight-member delegation arrived in Guyana on Thursday for a three-day official state visit during which support for the South American country’s emerging oil and gas industry is expected to be discussed.
The Sheikh met with Guyana’s President, Dr. Irfaan Ali and members of the cabinet including: Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Hon Hugh Todd, Minister of Natural Resources, the Hon Vickram Bharrat, Minister of Housing and Water and Minister within the ministry, the Hon Collin Croal and Susan Rodrigues, Minister of Agriculture, the Hon Zulfikar Mustapha, Minister of Public Works, the Hon Juan Edghill and other government officials.
“Over the next few days, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Juma Al Maktoum, who is a member of the ruling family in the UAE, and members of his team will meet with several Government officials from various ministries,” a press release from the Office of the President in Guyana stated.
The Private Office of Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Juma Al Maktoum has a portfolio of privately held group companies that focus mainly on Infrastructure Development, Energy Projects, LNG Terminal Development, Commodity & Oil Trading, Water Desalination, Water Recirculation as well as Education and Agricultural Projects.
The visiting delegation was welcomed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon Hugh Todd; Minister of Tourism, Hon Oneidge Walrond and Minister within the Ministry of Public Works, Hon Deodat Indar and other officials upon their arrival at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
The UAE is a federation of seven emirates, including Dubai and the capital of the federation, Abu Dhabi. Some of the biggest international companies involved in UAE oil production include BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Total S.A., and ExxonMobil. The federation is a member of OPEC with nearly 98 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, or 5.8% of the global supply.