Rowley to Pay Two-day Working Visit to Guyana

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley (right), and Guyana's President David Granger.

Energy Sector Cooperation Among Areas to be Discussed With President Granger

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowleyl will lead a five-member delegation to Guyana on Wednesday for bilateral talks with President David Granger, according to an official statement issued here.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that during the two-day meeting, the two leaders will discuss a wide range of matters of interest to both states, including energy-sector cooperation, agriculture and security.

It said that their meeting will be followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on energy-sector cooperation between Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.

“The non-binding MoU will outline a number of sector-specific areas of possible cooperation between the two countries and will be publicised when it has been signed,” the statement said, noting that the working visit is part of ongoing efforts to foster greater dialogue aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states.

President Granger has already indicated that he has no problem with making public, the MOU that will be signed between the two countries, following a public request by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GGCI).

“It is not a secret document, it is just an agreement to cooperate,” Granger told reporters, while noting the document has been vetted by the Department of Energy.

The GGCI had issued a statement indicating that while it remains supportive of foreign investments here, it wanted the government to delay signing the MOU with Port of Spain until it vets the content.

“The GCCI believes that foreign investors have played, and continue to play, an integral role in driving economic growth and national development. In an era of global business, the benefits of international cooperation in key areas of private sector development are undeniable.

“Technology transfer, skills development, international markets for goods and services are a few areas where readily, the engagement of foreign investors and companies can bode well for private-sector development,” the GCCI said. – CMC