Guyana women miners group creating app

The Guyana Women Miners Association (GWMA) is in the process of developing an app that will allow individuals to report mining violations and criminal activities.

 

 

 

Guyana Women’s Miners Association President Urica Primus

 

Article originally posted on Department of Public Information Guyana on June 25, 2018.

 

The Guyana Women Miners Association (GWMA) is moving towards the use of technology as it seeks to improve and expand its services.

President Urica Primus told a mining consultation recently that the organisation is in the process of developing an app that will allow individuals to report mining violations and criminal activities.

The GWMA will also be buying two drones in August for mapping. According to Primus, the organisation has already met with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to identify areas that are under threat. “While we have been providing information to all the relevant ministries, we believe that there is still a lot more taking place under cover and still a lot more than we can learn from.”

The organisation has been involved in training in matters of taxation and has hired two accounting firms to assist members in the rural communities to become tax compliant. Primus said the GWMA has also been lobbying with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to take its services to rural communities.