Private Sector Commission

Natural Resources Management

Chairman, Kit Nascimento

Terms of Reference

  1. To develop and lead a team that can mediate, advise, advocate and communicate with all stakeholders on issues in relation to the management of all natural resources for the benefit of the private sector and for the country as a whole.

  2. Attend to issues related to the management of natural resources as they relate to the passage and implementation of relevant and appropriate legislation.

  3. Attend to issues from a private sector position as they relate to the development of mining and the granting of concessions for mining, the prospecting for or removal of petroleum deposits, the development of the country’s forestry resources, land management and the use of the country’s land resources as well as the preservation and utilization of the country’s biodiversity.

  4. Function as an interface with the government on issues related to the Low Carbon Development Strategy.

  5. Meet with government agencies and other stakeholders on national policies for the management of natural resources in Guyana.

  6. Identify emerging threats to the preservation of the country’s natural resources and advise the relevant authorities as to the appropriate measures to be taken to mitigate such threats.

  7. In collaboration with the Executive Director and Technical staff of the PSC, prepare position papers on issues that need to be addressed by the Natural Resources Management Sub-Committee and present them to the Council for ratification and onward submission to the relevant authorities for their consideration and action.

  8. In collaboration with the Executive Director, Technical staff of the PSC and the officer responsible for public relations, create public awareness programs that will inform the private sector and all sectors of society on issues related to the management of natural resources.

Members of the Sub-Committee

The Sub-Committee should seek to attract members who can contribute to the areas that fall under its ambit.  Such members may come from the following organisations:

  1. Private Sector Commission

  2. Heads of similar Sub-Committees from PSC Sectoral Members

  3. Organisations or persons (approved by the Sub-Committee) who do not come from organisations listed above and have the appropriate skills that can be used by the sub-committee.

Modus Operandi

  1. The Committee should meet at least once every two months on a scheduled basis.

  2. The agenda for the scheduled meeting will be prepared in advance by the Chairman of the sub-committee and communicated to the Executive Director to be mailed to members along with the notes/minutes of the last meeting at least five working days before the meeting.

  3. The Council shall appoint the Chairman of the sub-committee.

  4. Unscheduled meetings can be called by the Chairman via the Executive Director or his representative to address specific emergency issues.

  5. The quorum for any meeting shall be no less than three persons including the Chairman of the sub-committee.

  6. In the absence of the Chairman, the members present shall elect a Chairman for the meeting.

  7. All recommendations made by the sub-committee shall be ratified by the Council before being dispatched to the relevant authorities or implemented.

  8. In the event that the recommendations cannot wait for the Council meeting, the Chairman with the assistance of the Executive Director can round-robin the recommendations and seek approval to forward the recommendations to the relevant authorities subject to ratification by Council at the earliest meeting.

  9. The Chairman with consensus from members may invite person(s) from related organizations to attend a meeting as a guest speaker or advisor on the topic for discussion.

  10. The taking of notes at the meetings is the responsibility of the Executive Director or staff delegated to do so.

Working Relationships

The following are the primary organisations with which the sub-committee will interface

  1. Private Sector Organizations

    • All Private Sector Organizations

    • All Chambers of Commerce and Industry

    • The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association

    • The Forest Products Association

  2. Public Sector Organisations

    • The Ministry of Agriculture

    • The Ministry of Housing and Water

    • Office of the President

    • Office of the Prime Minister

    • National Drainage and Irrigation Board

    • Guyana Geology and Mines Commission

    • Guyana Energy Agency

    • Guyana Forestry Commission

    • Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission

    • Environmental Protection Agency

    • Regional Democratic Councilors

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