Record gold declaration for 2013 but miners very unhappy
At the first meeting of the country’s gold and diamond miners Monday evening, the President of the Miners Association, Patrick Harding, was frank about the impact of the dramatic drop in the price of gold.
The Miners came to the meeting with a stack of proposals for the government – everything from duty waivers on fuel, duty-free concessions on vehicles and also concessions on the mercury-free technology they have been told to use as the industry tries to clean up its image of polluting the rivers – a main source of livelihood for interior peoples.
There were other proposals. President Donald Ramotar left most of the decision making to a special committee, but was sure the government could agree on some of them.
The President said the government was committed to addressing other issues that affect the gold mining industry. One of them being the processing of work permits for foreigners, particularly Brazilians.
Regarding impassable roads and other poor infratrsucture that hampers access to mining areas, the President also said work is underway to correct these.
A big headache for the miners has been crime, and the President urged them to work closely with the authorities, saying he will see to it that there is an early meeting with the Police Force and the Home Affairs Ministry with the miners to draw up a proper security plan for the mining sites.
reduction in the cost of rental of properties and claims, duty-free concessions on 4×4, four-door vehicles, mercury-free technology, more police outposts and better management of ranks stationed at those that exist. President Donald Ramotar and Minister of Natural Resources Robert Persaud
laid out clearly the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners