Reiterating that Guyana suddenly has a new batch of local self-proclaim oil and gas experts, US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway roasted this consortium of ‘experts’ during a presentation he made on Tuesday, at the oil and technology panel discussions, that was a part of GTT’s Innov8 Business Forum.
The event was held at the Guyana Marriot Hotel.
While not mentioning the critics by name, it is public knowledge that social commentator Ramon Gaskin, Attorney at Law Charles Ramson Jr, Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram, and political activist Dr. David Hinds has been notable critics of the current state of Guyana’s emerging oil and gas industry.
Critical comments and opinions of the men have been a regular feature in the local media, particularly the print media, in which they are sometimes labeled as experts.
They have repeatedly expressed concerns over the nature of the existing oil contracts, particularly those signed with subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil, and have argued that Guyana was given a raw deal.
However, Ambassador Holloway was quick to point out that the critics of the oil and gas sector were only balking at the negativities and worse case scenarios, because they are trying to score political points.
He subsequently praised the citizenry for not being dragged into the current ‘negativities’ that are being promoted about the local oil and gas sector.
The Ambassador stressed that major transformations are in the making, and thus used the opportunity to commend the Guyanese people for being oil-smart, and for the steps that Guyana has taken.
Since the discovery of billions of barrels of oil by US oil giant Exxon Mobil, there have been mixed reactions from the public regarding the sincerity of the agreements that were signed between the government and the company.
And while a greater section of the population is somewhat optimistic that the nation would eventually benefit tremendously from the discovery; a significant number of them still feel otherwise.
Exxon Mobil is expected to begin pumping and exporting oil in commercial quantities from 2020, and just around the same time that the next general election would be due.