Mining to remain important part of Guyana’s economy
Dillon De Shong
Created : 13 February 2020
President David Granger.
Guyana will not abandon its mining industry now that the country has become the new hub for oil.
Last night, President David Granger took his campaign to Guyana's mining heartland, Region 8 (Potaro-Siparuni), where he said the A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) coalition will build on its potential.
“We are going to protect the mining industry. We are not shutting down the mining industry. This is a mining town! People came from all over the Caribbean, this was their El Dorado. Guyana will continue to be the El Dorado for the other West Indian countries. The mining industry will not be eliminated, it will be improved so that you all can continue to make a living along strict environmental standards,” Granger told supporters at the Mahdia Oval.
Potaro-Siparuni has one of the smallest populations in Guyana and Granger said the Government will invest in the electricity grid to ensure every house, business and medical facility can operate late into the night.
But to bring the development, President Granger noted that his Government requires a large majority in the National Assembly after the March 2 Regional and General Elections.
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