DISCUSSIONS about the oil sector, renewable energy, Linden/ Mabura Road, along with the Stabroek and Vreed-en-Hoop Stellings were engaged in when the British High Commissioner, Gregory Quinn, paid a courtesy call on Minister of Public Works, Honourable Bishop Juan Edghill, on Wednesday.
Ambassador Quinn was accompanied by Deputy British High Commissioner, Ray Davidson.
The High Commissioner congratulated the Minister on his appointment and listed a few projects that were put on hold, due to the political situation that loomed for four months.
The envoy also offered support in the renewable energy sector, even as he suggested that oil funds be invested into renewable energy to boost the green economy.
The High Commissioner explained to Minister Edghill that the United Kingdom has been providing support to Guyana, to aid in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
Minister Edghill, nonetheless, noted that he looks forward to technical exchanges with the UK in the area of infrastructural development, so as to create an environment of innovative thinking.
According to the Minister, one of his aims is to implement a strict maintenance plan to avoid deterioration before works are done, as this is way more costly.
When questioned about commercial flights and the Suriname Ferry Service by Mr. Quinn, Minister Edghill said, “plans for the re-opening of the airport are in compliance with the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to have it open in the shortest possible time and the same can be explained for the Suriname Ferry Service.”
Mr. Quinn was also curious about what the Ministry had planned for the Demerara Harbour Bridge.
Minister Edghill said that the Government is committed to building the new bridge; however, the fine print of details was never seen, only the design.
He said, “We are committed to building a new Demerara River crossing so that is going to happen…I’m not sure which proposal we will be going with…. but with respect to the location and feasibility, Minister Robeson Benn had done pre-feasibility that had shown three possible spots and one of the venues was right where the current bridge is.”
In conclusion, Minister Edghill reiterated thanks to the UK for its profound support to Guyana in the fight for democracy.