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April 05, 2012
CGX fulfils corporate social responsibility
GINA (Government Information Agency)

– first step to E. Kamal Dookie Hall of Residence, IAST

The turning of the sod ceremony for the E. Kamal Dookie Hall of Residence, at the Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST), took place Wednesday at the University of Guyana campus, Turkeyen. The Hall of Residence initiative supports the vision of the Government and IAST for the growth and transmission of science and technology education in Guyana.

Minister of Labour, Dr. Nanda Gopaul addresses invitees at the turning of the sod ceremony.
Minister of Labour, Dr. Nanda Gopaul addresses invitees at the turning of the sod ceremony.

It is also intended to support poverty alleviation and promote sustainable development programmes, while being the first major step by CGX Energy Inc. in its social responsibility outreach programme.

The establishing of a Hall of Residence has come out of the Letter of Intent signed last year between IAST and Trent University of Canada, for collaboration in the areas of research and development. The two institutions will exploit collaborative opportunities in this area, the training of graduate students, as well as the sharing of resources and joint research projects between the two institutions. The E. Dookie Hall of Residence will house persons coming to Guyana from Trent University in Canada.

Officials gather for the turning of the sod: Dr. Kamal Dookie, Founder, CGX, second from right, speaks with Vice Chancellor (ag) of the University of Guyana, Dr. Marlene Cox; and Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Robert Persaud, centre, speaks to David Divine, Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana
Officials gather for the turning of the sod: Dr. Kamal Dookie, Founder, CGX, second from right, speaks with Vice Chancellor (ag) of the University of Guyana, Dr. Marlene Cox; and Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Robert Persaud, centre, speaks to David Divine, Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana

Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Robert Persaud, said the initiative bodes well for the future of Guyana, adding that it highlights the importance of private sector partnerships with learning institutions and Government, regarding research and development.

Pointing out that resources become limited when venturing into the areas of science and technology, especially in terms of research and development, the minister stated that it is important that the private sector and learning institutions in and out of Guyana partner with government and other existing bodies in promoting, developing and also expanding this capacity.

Minister Persaud appealed to companies in the extractive industry to also give a little more. He observed that in order to create the enabling environment for these companies, the State had to provide concessions, tax holidays, and various other types of incentives to get them going, adding that some of these companies are now doing well, and it is incumbent upon them to contribute a bit more, especially in areas such as promoting research and development.

The minister noted that if companies investing in Guyana do not make inputs in education, they will not have the type of skills they need, and if they do not invest in supporting health initiatives, they will not have the calibre of workforce needed either. He stated that corporate social responsibility is not only good for the welfare of the country, but also for business.

Minister of Labour, Dr. Nanda Gopaul, said that government believes that CGX has shown by its commitment that it is going to be a good corporate citizen, and will give back something to the people of Guyana, and especially to the institute of higher learning.

The minister observed that with more people coming from international universities, they will be able to share their ideas, enabling Guyana to adopt best practices and developing from them. Additionally, they will be able to assist Guyana to convert indigenous materials to good use.

The Hall has been named after the Founder of CGX Energy Inc, Dr. E. Kamal Dookie, a Guyanese. The GCX board of Directors chose to name the Hall after him in recognition of his commitment to Guyana, his vision in establishing the company, and the constancy of his efforts to ensure that the extraction sector in Guyana accrues to the benefit of its people and cultures.

On being honoured by the naming of the Hall of Residence, Dr. Dookie stated that he hoped that it would be of great benefit to the young people of Guyana, who, CGX firmly believes, with the necessary education and training, would be able to provide the necessary skills at all levels to the prospective oil and gas industry and to all other sectors of development in Guyana.

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