Pamakan traditional authority were welcomed at Newmont’s Merian gold mine on July 8 for a tour of the mine – a visit that gave guests a firsthand understanding of the operation’s production facilities, environmental management infrastructure and community investments.
The group of guests, including chief captains, captains and village elderly from different villages within the Pamakan area, were treated to a viewing of a gold pour and met with various key staff at the mine who were happy to answer question about the mining process and protocols at Merian.
Merian’s focus is on delivering safe, efficient and responsible gold production while generating sustainable value and opportunity for all stakeholders.
Albert Ramdin, Newmont Suriname’s Senior Director for External Relations, stated, “We greatly appreciated the opportunity to host the Traditional Authority at Merian and directly answer their questions. To ensure the relationship between Newmont Suriname and the Pamakan community remains enduring and mutually beneficial, it must be based on openness, transparency, trust and mutual respect.”
Partnerships with the local communities are vital to continued value creation.
Earlier this year, in collaboration with local residents and leadership, Newmont Suriname established the Pamaka Foundation for Sustainable Development of the Community, and began implementing the Cooperation Agreement, which was signed in June 2016. This agreement includes facilitation of the Community Development Fund which has a mandate of supporting local sustainable development and socio-economic growth.