GGMC Head officially confirmed, new Chairman appointed

L - R: GGMC Commissioner Rickford Vieira and Natural Resources Minister, Robert Persaud. (iNews' Photo).
Commissioner of the GGMC, Rickford Vieira
Commissioner of the GGMC, Rickford Vieira

[]Rickford Vieira has been officially confirmed as Commissioner of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, while Clinton Williams has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the agency.

They were both appointed today by Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Robert Persaud.

According to Persaud, the appointments are expected to improve the efficiency and organizational functioning of the Commission. These new appointments, he said, will address the challenges that are facing the mining sector towards enhancing its operation.

The Natural Resources and the Environment Minister also pointed out that there will be a continuous review of the operation of the organization and other critical appointments will be made.

Clinton Williams is the Chief Executive Officer/Director of Guyana National Industrial Company Incorporated having been with the company since the time of Privatization in 1995.

Prior to that, he served the previous company Guyana National Engineering Corporation in various Senior Executive roles i.e Executive Director, Planning and Marketing; Divisional Manager, Planning and Development; Industrial Engineer, etc.

Meanwhile, Mr. Vieira is qualified with a Masters of Engineering, (Mining Engineering) 1997, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering), 1994, University of Guyana, Pass with Credit.

Clinton Williams.
Clinton Williams.

He is an engineer with extensive experience in project management, production management, field exploration, site rehabilitation, environmental impact assessment, environmental management planning, environmental monitoring, closure and decommissioning plans, feasibility studies, mineral inventory estimation, mineral  processing plant design, rehabilitation and re-vegetation of mined out lands, mine plans and training instructor for mining and environmental studies.

Prior to Mr. Vieira’s confirmation as Commissioner, he was Deputy Commissioner for the period January 2012 to October 2012 and was later appointed Commissioner acting in November 2012 until his confirmation to the post of Commissioner.

Meanwhile, Minister Persaud remains optimistic that these appointments will continue to build on the record breaking declaration of 481, 102 for 2013, surpassing the previous highest level of 455, 918 ounces in 2001; which included the declarations of both Omai and small scale operators.



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