United National Congress » T&T sidelined at major energy conference in Guyana


The absence of a TT energy representative at the four-day International Energy Tomorrow Conference and Expo in Georgetown shows our growing global irrelevance, even on energy under an administration led by Keith Rowley .

The four-day conference will be the first annual meeting of local, regional and international energy experts. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, Energy Minister Stuart Young and more Foreign and CARICOM Minister Amery Browne must explain why TT is again insignificantly involved in a major energy conference in Guyana .

While PM Mia Mottley takes center stage on the first day of the conference, TT and Dr. Rowley are missing. Although FCB is listed as a sponsor, our energy representation at the conference is negligible.

Why didn’t we engage Guyana head-on, with 340,000 barrels a day and set to grow to 800,000 by 2025, to help revive our comatose refining industry?

Why did we not offer scholarships for Guyanese in Petroleum Engineering at UWI?

Why didn’t we use our drill school in Ste Madeleine to train Guyanese nationals, much like we did for Nigerians when Fazal Karim was minister?

It should be noted that Barbados trains 6,000 Guyanese in hotel management and hospitality. Where is our brain in these matters?

In 2018, the CEO of Ventrin Petroleum Company, a state-owned oil company in Suriname, pleaded with our Minister of Energy to make “T&T’s intention to collaborate” a reality.

Meanwhile, Guyana downgraded its mission in Port of Spain to a mere consulate.

TT’s insignificant involvement in tomorrow’s energy conference is the latest manifestation of the deterioration of our international relations and even more so with our neighbors in CARICOM.

Local energy managers from public companies are clearly not on the agenda for tomorrow.

With international outrage at the coast guard shooting of a Venezuelan baby, our EU blacklist and our growing reputation as a haven for human trafficking and murder; our foreign policy, or lack thereof, is a complete waste of the $250 million budgeted for the underperforming Department of Foreign Affairs and CARICOM.

What is Young’s plan to advance energy relations between Guyana and TT for the mutual benefit of both nations?

Are we going to give up our regional energy leadership like we did with refining at Petrotrin and downstream industries at Point Lisas?

Once a regional energy giant and growing hemispheric financial hub, TT, under Rowley with no vision, clueless and incompetent, was relegated to an inconsequential dwarf, with no recognized CARICOM leadership in finance. , economy, tourism, energy or diplomacy.

Oh how the mighty TT fell under Keith Christopher Rowley.

Rodney Charles
MP for Naparima

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