|Also known as:
||Land of Many Waters (Root: Guiana
||One People, One Nation, One Destiny
northern coast of the South American continent bounded
by the Atlantic Ocean on the north, Brazil to the southwest,
Suriname to the east and Venezuela to the northwest.
was originally inhabited by Amerindians. It was settled
by the Dutch in the 16th century and changed hands between
the Dutch, British and French from the late 16th to
century, and was finally ceded to Britain in 1814. Independence
was achieved in 1966 and the Cooperative Republic of
Guyana established in 1970.
elections 2015. Next elections due 2020
Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), People's National
Congress/Reform (PNC/R), Guyana Action Party/Working People's Alliance (GAP/WPA), The
United Force (TUF), Rise, Organise and Rebuild (ROAR),APNU+AFC Coalition
||The Economic Recovery Programme introduced
heading into the 1990s brought a market turnaround in the
country's economy. Spurred by foreign investment, the
major productive sectors responded favourably to the
Agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors are important
areas of economic activity, with Guyana being a major
producer of rice and sugar.
Forestry has become more significant, and is a potential
The mining sector is also important
with gold and bauxite production leading the way.
mainly the processing and refining of agricultural products,
continues to be of importance to Guyana.
Republic. Independence - 26 May 1966;
Republic - 23 February 1970
H.E. David Granger
Date of Birth: NA
Marital Status: Married
08:00-16:00 hrs Monday to Friday; 08:00-12:30 hrs Saturday
Government: 08:00-16:00 hrs
Monday to Thursday; 08:00-15:30 hrs Friday
||New Year's Day (01 January); Republic
Day (23 February), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Labour Day (01 May), Phagwah (as decreed),
Eid-ul-Azah (as decreed), Youman Nabi (as decreed), CARICOM
Day (first Monday in July), Freedom Day (01 August), Diwali
(as decreed), Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26
Holidays that fall on a Sunday are observed the following
of CARICOM Membership:
Land of Guyana
Dear land of Guyana, of rivers and plains
Made rich by the sunshine, and lush by the rains,
Set gem-like and fair between mountains and sea -
Your children salute you, dear land of the free.
Green land of Guyana, our heroes of yore
Both bondsmen and free, laid their bones on your shore;
This soil so they hallowed, and from them are we,
All sons of one mother, Guyana the free.
Great land of Guyana, diverse though our strains,
We are born of their sacrifice, heirs of their pains,
And ours is the glory their eyes did not see -
One land of six peoples, united and free.
Dear land of Guyana, to you will we give
Our homage, our service, each day that we live;
God guard you, great Mother, and make us to be
More worthy our heritage - land of the free.
(Words by A.L. Luker, music by R.C.G. Potter)
||Order of Excellence
||Guyana Pepperpot; Guyana Cook-up;
Curry and roti
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