Commentary: Guyana’s new found oil: Suriname silent, Trinidad and Tobago’s selfish past and hysteria


Born in Guyana, Raymond Chickrie was a teacher in the New York City public school system and has also taught in the Middle East.

By Ray Chickrie

Trinidad and Tobago wants MOU, Guyanese balk

Trinidad and Tobago, which is currently facing an economic crisis, is eying Guyana’s fledging oil industry. Meanwhile, Guyana’s eastern continental neighbour, Suriname, remains silent about Guyana’s mega oil discovery, and hasn’t indicated its willingness to invest in it. At the same time, there is an uproar in Guyana over the government’s decision to sign an energy cooperation MOU with Trinidad and Tobago. This is because of bitter memories of Trinidad and Tobago’s past treatment of Guyanese and “selfish bilateral agreements with Venezuela” that may have compromised…

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