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In Conversation With… Robert Persaud: Green Growth in Guyana – Balancing Fossil Fuels and the Environment

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As the world shifts towards a low-carbon future, how do countries reliant on their fossil fuel industry ensure they are doing their part in the global transition? Guyana makes a case for meeting environmental targets while managing an economic portfolio intertwined with oil and gas production.


Multimedia Journalist, Producer & Anchor, CNC3 Television

Ryan Bachoo

Ryan Bachoo is a multimedia journalist from Trinidad and Tobago and has worked at CNC3 Television for 11 years. He has studied both Journalism and Communications and covered politics, news and current affairs and hosted several shows at CNC3 Television. With a keen interest in climate change, Ryan presented CNC3’s COP26 coverage in 2021 and continues to follow the green revolution in his job.

Foreign Secretary, Government of Guyana

Robert Persaud

On August 17, 2020, Robert M. Persaud was appointed as Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.

Mr. Persaud brings to this position vast experience in the areas of corporate affairs, government relations, and international business with expertise in oil and gas policy and business development, environmental management, integrated natural resources management, and the production and management of the extractive industry and agricultural sectors in Guyana with the desire to contribute to the advancement of people and communities through strong leadership, innovation, and reform. Mr. Persaud will function as advisor to the Minister on issues of Foreign Trade and Diaspora Engagement.

From 2016 to until his recent appointment, Mr. Persaud worked extensively in the area of international business and investment. Previously, he served as Senior Cabinet Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Senior Cabinet Minister of Agriculture, ICT4D Strategy Coordinator within the Office of the President, and a Presidential Advisor.

Mr. Persaud recently obtained a certificate in the fundamentals of petroleum from the University of Texas and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of West Indies. He also has an undergraduate degree from the University of Guyana. Born in 1974, he is married and has two children.

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