Canadian Ambassador to Suriname, Mark Berman, recently visited the Rosebel site in Brokopondo. Discussions during the visit focused on the newly acquired Pikin Saramacca concession as well as the current successes and challenges of the Rosebel operation.
“I am proud to see a Canadian company as one of Suriname’s major employers,” said Berman. “We see the growth of the oil and gas industry, the opportunities that come with that development, and IAMGOLD’s operations here in Suriname are definitely a good model for other Canadian companies coming in,” he noted.
Greatly impressed by the size of the Rosebel mine itself and IAMGOLD’s COVID-19 protocols, the ambassador commended the mine for putting stringent measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus amongst employees. “We immediately noticed at the entrance how strict the triage process was and the extent of the measures that the organization has adapted in response to COVID-19,” said the ambassador.
The ambassador also visited the Asigron packing house, an agricultural project funded by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives in partnership with Rosebel, aimed at supporting farming in the community.