ExxonMo­bil Foun­da­tion an­nounces US$10M for sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment, con­ser­va­tion

Stabroek News Sunday - - RECENT EVENTS REVIEW SATURDAY, JUNE 30TH TO FRIDAY -

ExxonMo­bil Foun­da­tion, the phil­an­thropic arm of ExxonMo­bil, to­day an­nounced US$10 mil­lion (G$2B) in fund­ing for Con­ser­va­tion In­ter­na­tional and the Univer­sity of Guyana (UG) to train Guyanese for sus­tain­able job open­ings and to ex­pand com­mu­nity-sup­ported con­ser­va­tion. A state­ment from ExxonMo­bil said that the in­vest­ment is also aimed at sup­port­ing Guyana’s Green State De­vel­op­ment Plan, the coun­try’s 15-year de­vel­op­ment plan that, among other things, in­tends to di­ver­sify Guyana’s econ­omy and bal­ance eco­nomic growth with sus­tain­able man­age­ment and con­ser­va­tion of the coun­try’s ecosys­tems. The state­ment said that ExxonMo­bil Foun­da­tion will pro­vide the in­vest­ment over five years. Since its mas­sive oil dis­cov­ery off­shore in 2015, ExxonMo­bil and the Guyana Govern­ment have come un­der pres­sure to show how the US oil ma­jor will give back to the lo­cal econ­omy and via lo­cal con­tent poli­cies. The govern­ment is still to fi­nalise the coun­try’s lo­cal con­tent pol­icy. The state­ment said that ini­tial grant money will fund a fea­si­bil­ity study pi­loted by Con­ser­va­tion In­ter­na­tional, through its af­fil­i­ate, Con­ser­va­tion In­ter­na­tional Guyana (CIG), to fur­ther de­fine the de­tails of the pro­gramme. Once de­fined, CIG and UG will de­liver the ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing, re­search and re­ten­tion pro­grammes that “will help en­sure that eco­nomic growth re­in­forces Guyana’s en­vi­ron­men­tal de­vel­op­ment goals”.

A top­pled truck on a bridge along the Lin­den to Lethem trail has re­stricted traf­fic in and out of Re­gion Nine, where con­tin­u­ing rain­fall has also seen a sec­tion of the road be­tween Aishal­ton and Wari­wau washed away. Re­gion Nine Chair­man Bryan Al­lic­ock also told Stabroek News last night that the move­ment of peo­ple in the re­gion has been lim­ited as roads are flooded as a re­sult of heavy rain­fall in the Rupu­nuni and the over­top­ping of the Ireng and Takutu rivers. He noted that in some ar­eas, a shut­tle sys­tem has been put in place to trans­port peo­ple from one area to the next. Ad­dress­ing the top­pled truck, Al­lic­ock said, “buses are shut­tling the peo­ple and goods to one end and then they take an­other bus to get to their des­ti­na­tion.” He noted that the truck over­turned on the bridge dur­ing the course of last week. He said fresh ef­forts would be made to re­move the truck to­day. He also pointed out that they would have to con­duct emer­gency re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion works on the bridge be­fore it is fully re­opened to the pub­lic.

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