The Ministry of Natural Resources on Monday announced the appointment of Mr. Clinton Williams as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC). The Ministry also announced that Mr. Rickford Vieira has been confrimed as Commissioner of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission.
Minister of Natural Resources Robert Persaud has stated that the appointments are expected to improve the efficiency and organizational functioning of the Commission. “These new appointments will address the challenges that are facing the mining sector towards enhancing its operation”, the Minister said.
He also pointed out that there will be a continuous review of the operation of the organization and other critical appointments will be made shortly.
Mr. 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.
Mr. Williams is an Industrial Engineer and holds both First and Second Degrees in mechanical/Industrial Engineering. He is a Member of a number of International Professional Associations in the Shipping and Engineering fraternity and has completed a number of Publications, Research Projects and Reports in this capacity, inclusive of a Strategic Plan for the Shipping Association of Guyana in response to the CIDA Caribbean Regional HRD Programme for Economic Competitiveness (CPEC) Program.
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.
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.
He worked at WWF Guianas from 2004-2011 as the Regional Coordinator, Gold Mining Pollution Abatement Coordinator with responsibilities for conservation activities for the small scale gold mining sector in Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
In addition, he functioned in various capacities at GGMC from 1984 to 2002 then resigned as Senior Mineral Processing Engineer 11 after which he worked with Environmental Management Consultants from 2005-2011 as a Mining Environmental Specialist. Mr. Vieira was also an independent environmental consultant for several mining projects in Guyana and Suriname and lectured part-time at the University of Guyana in the Department of Mining.