Press Release – GGDMA’s Power Drunk Election Strategy

Release Date: January 4, 2020

The press release from Policy Forum Guyana criticizing the newly-elected President of the Guyana Gold & Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), Andron Alphonso, for his stance on using miners’ electoral power in the next election and for ignoring the environmental impact of mining. It highlights the contradiction between the GGDMA’s recruitment of youth and the environmental damage caused by the industry, which is at odds with the interests of future generations. The release also questions the moral and economic consequences of the industry’s practices, such as the depletion of natural resources, tax avoidance, and the lack of tangible benefits for the Guyanese community despite the substantial profits from gold mining. It suggests that if the younger generation were to assert meaningful participation, they might challenge the GGDMA’s current policies in favor of environmental conservation and sustainable practices.
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