The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association [GGDMA] welcomes the tangible results of its meaningful consultation with the Government of Guyana on Budget 2018. These welcome changes to the current regime will have tremendous positive impacts in expanding and sustaining the local mining industry, but also the economic well-being of Guyana as a whole.
The GGDMA wishes to thank His Excellency President David Granger and the Government of Guyana for removing this onerous burden on the Gold and Diamond mining sector. Special thanks must also be given to Ministers Jordan, Trotman, Patterson, and the Commissioner General of the GRA, Mr. Godfrey Statia for accommodating the many meetings and negotiating forums with the small and medium scale miners of Guyana. The GGDMA also wishes to acknowledge the Guyana Women Miners Organization and the National Mining Syndicate that partnered with the GGDMA during these negotiations and speaking with one unified voice; together we have accomplished great things for Guyana.
Over the past decades it has been the Gold and Diamond mining sector that has kept Guyana’s Economy growing from stride to stride. We are elated that the government has recognized these valuable contributions and has made sensible considerations based on prudent advice from stake holders. We look forward to continued fruitful negotiations with the Government of Guyana going forward.