The Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) was created in 1979 from the Department of Geological Surveys and Mines which itself was the successor to the Geological Survey of British Guiana. Currently GGMC is divided into the following technical divisions:
- Geological Services
- Land Management
To act as a development change agent in the diversification of the economic base of Guyana through its activities in the mineral sector;
To create the opportunities for rapid economic development which an expanding mineral sector is ideally suited to provide;
To act as a national repository for all information relating to geology and mineral resources which will facilitate an understanding of the resource base of the country;
To provide to the general public the basic prospection information and advisory services, on the available economic mineral prospects;
To provide advice to the government on appropriate mineral policy matters so that Guyana's mineral resources can be rationally
developed and utilized;
To regulate on behalf of the government all activities in the mineral sector.
The functions of the commission are :
Promotion of mineral development;
Provision of technical assistance and advice in mining, mineral processing, mineral utilisation and marketing of mineral resources;
Research in exploration, mining, and utilisation of minerals and mineral products;
Enforcement of the conditions of Mining Licences, Mining Permits, Mining Concessions, Prospecting Licences (for Large Scale Operations), Prospecting Permits (for Medium and Small Scale operations) and Quarry Licences;
Collection of Rentals, fees, charges, levies etc. payable under the Mining Act;
Broad overall objectives
1. Increase opportunities for mineral resources development from year end 2014 levels by preventing waste, encouraging improved levels of tailings management and greater recoveries but at the same time protecting the rights of the property owners.
2. Improve safety in the mines and the processing facilities from year end 2014 levels by adhering to the requirements for the granting/renewal of permits, field inspections, accidents investigations, special investigations and enforcement.
3. Reduce the occurrences of identified pollution violation levels associated with mines and production processing facilities from year end 2014 levels by identifying and correcting existing environmental threats and by working with and using the financial and other resources of the property owners, the government and GGMC.
4. Increase the efficiency of information provision by promoting the implementation of efficient information technological programs and encourage easy access to in-house (commission) information and more efficient integration of new information into the existing database; design systems that would encourage customer friendly retrieval of online information.
5. To develop and implement policy for the recruitment of quality employees who can be developed, placed in positions of responsibility that are consistent with proven performance and receive competitive compensation.