The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association [GGDMA] will be holding its 39th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday October 25, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. at the GGDMA Secretariat, 29 North Road, Bourda, Georgetown.
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The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) wishes to set the record straight as it relates to the unauthorised mining that has been occurring at Chinese landing for more than 12 years. The rightful property holder has been unlawfully deprived of his right to earn a livelihood while illegality ran amuck on the lands for more than 12 years. The GMC has failed to do its job and the environmental damage and unregulated mining resulting in the current condition of Chinese landing is a direct result of this negligence/incompetence. The Caribbean Court of Justice is in fact the highest court in Guyana and final arbitrator in legal matters, yet its decisions are being skirted and loopholed. The GGDMA calls for an immediate stop to the harassment of legal miners and for a full commitment from the regulatory agencies administering over the mining sector to adhere to Guyana’s highest court. The legal property holder must be allowed to pursue his constitutional right to earn a living and not be vilified, he has legally fought long and hard for this right. The GGDMA also welcomes the current government fact-finding mission and looks forward to the illumination of the truth.
The GGDMA views the actions of the government on this matter as a watershed moment in the mining history of Guyana; if the rights of those who shout the loudest triumph over the truth, then the entire industry will develop a disrespect for the law and just practice shouting. Many other areas face a similar issue where noise makers are shouting over the facts. The GDMA is aware of the impact the actions in this matter may have on other areas bordering Amerindian lands. The Association calls for the decision of Guyana’s highest court, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CC), to be respected. Anything else would-be lawlessness.
The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) has noted with concern the recent drop in gold declaration figures from the small and medium scale miners. This should be expected as the industry has been affected by several factors including the ongoing competition for labour, driven by the explosion in construction and job opportunities in the oil and gas sector. While the entire country is faced with an ongoing labour shortage, the mining sector has been especially hard hit. Workers have been opting out of the sector to work on the coastland where competitive salaries mitigate the risk of interior work. This unprecedented worker scarcity has seen the small and medium scale operators struggling to find workers as the industry bears the brunt of the labour shortage in Guyana.
The individual will be responsible for the planning, directing and coordinating of the technical services programs of GGDMA; research, advice and report on technical assistance programs on; mineral exploration/prospecting, extraction/processing for increased efficiency. effectiveness in mineral recovery with the aim of improving productivity, and providing sound best practices with respect to occupation health and safety practices.
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Please be informed that the GGDMA Committee of Management (Board) has approved the following changes to the Association’s Annual Membership and Subscription Fees, effective March 1, 2023. These changes are as follows:
The GGDMA and Conservation International Foundation Guyana Inc. (CI-Guyana) with support from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) is collaborating to execute a project titled “GGDMA Responsible Mining Project”. The project aim is to reduce the use of mercury in mining by encourage the adoption of improved mining practices.
“The number of persons entering the mining industry is on the rise, we have seen more
new entrants both foreign and local. The industry is continuing to grow as is our
membership.” This observation was made by President of the Guyana Gold and Diamond
Miners Association (GGDMA), Mr. Andron Alphonso, as he opened the 38th annual general
meeting of the GGDMA.
The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) will be holding its 38th Annual General Meeting (AGM), on Wednesday November 9th, 2022 at 3:00pm at the GGDMA Secretariat, 29 North Road, Bourda, Georgetown.
The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) continues to explore technologies to increase mineral recovery while reducing mercury use for local small and medium scale miners. To this effect the GGDMA and the Ministry of Natural Resources have signed an agreement for the acquisition of mineral processing technology that can increase recovery and ultimately reduce the use of mercury. The “Riven Mineral Recovery System “will be pilot tested for the next 12 months in Guyana’s mining sector. This project is part of the GGDMA’s commitment to exploring and finding effective and feasible technology solutions to improve recovery and effectiveness which will ultimately lead to a reduction of the use of mercury in Small and Medium Scale (SMS) mining operations.
Guyana Gold & Diamond Miners Association
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