Functional cooperation -Guyana, Trinidad to re-establish MOU for cooperation in energy sector

From left: Trinidad and Tobago's Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Dennis Moses, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, President David Granger and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge

WITH recent oil discovery positioning Guyana to become the breadbasket of the Caribbean, moves have been made to re-establish a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), for cooperation in the energy sector with Trinidad and Tobago. The MoU was initiated between the two countries in 2013 but has expired. Additionally, the two countries will move to resuscitate the Guyana-Trinidad and Tobago High Level Committee to deal with all the agreements between the two countries that have lapsed. This Committee will be revamped by March 30 and its first meeting will be convened in the Twin-Island Republic.
These agreements were reached on Wednesday during a meeting between Guyana’s President David Granger and his Trinidadian counterpart Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley. Dr. Rowley arrived in Guyana on Wednesday for the 28th Inter-sessional Meeting of Heads of Government the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which commences today.
The two parties discussed moving forward on a number of agreements and MoUs, which the two CARICOM countries have committed to over a number of years; some of which were not adequately pursued. Addressing Dr. Rowley, President David Granger explained that Guyana would like to move forward in these areas.
“We are interested in food security. You are too, but we have the land space. We are embarking on the development of an oil and gas industry and you have decades of experience and expertise,” he told the Trinidadian leader.
The Head-of-State of Guyana noted too that while Guyana does not have the white sand and blue sea tourism product possessed by other CARICOM countries, his country has a unique brand of eco-tourism. He added that together, the two countries can offer a consolidated tourism package to the world.
Meanwhile, Dr. Rowley assured President Granger that the twin Island Republic is ready to offer its full support to Guyana and make available its diplomatic, economic and intellectual resources. He said too, that Guyana does not have to re-invent the wheel but rather it has the unique opportunity to examine and learn from the successes and failures of his country so as to develop the best model for its oil and gas sector.
Also attending the meeting which was held at State House, were; Trinidad’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Dennis Moses; and for Guyana Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge, Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman, Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Noel Holder and Director General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Audrey Waddell.