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St Thomas youth gets opportunity of a lifetime

Published:Thursday | April 6, 2017 | 4:00 AMShanna Monteith
Ashani Bartley to head to Mexico this June to make recommendations on how to stem the problems being faced by the Latin American oil market.

DALVEY, St Thomas:

Come June of this year, Ashani Bartley of the Dalvey community in St Thomas will be heading to Mexico to present recommendations on how to stem the problems being faced by the Latin American oil market.

A distinguished past student of the Morant Bay High School, Bartley went on to the University of the West Indies, graduating with honours in economics and statistics.

The 25-year-old told Rural Xpress how he came by the unique opportunity.

"Basically, we're trying to solve the problem the Latin American oil market is facing, like the lack of foreign capital investments due to historical behaviour of countries like Venezuela, which was anti-foreign capital but severely needs it now as they can't adequately fund oil investments as they once could.

"So I entered the competition and made a few proposals about how to go about solving that problem to satisfy both the investor and the country that will be invested in," Bartley said.

Bartley is among three Jamaicans who were selected to make the fully funded trip to Mexico to share their individual ideas to "experts who will explore them."

"I'd say it's an opportunity of a lifetime to meet and integrate with the major players in the energy industry whether it be oil and gas or alternative energy and to make my contribution to the sustainability of our future energy needs," he said.

With hopes of becoming an international energy consultant, the young man told Rural Xpress that he is currently completing a master's degree in petroleum and energy economics at the University of Aberdeen, the institution which offered him a graduate scholarship.

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