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Information on Guyana

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Guyana is an English Speaking Country in South America

 

  • This site will collect,sort and present information on the history,politics,commerce and culture of Guyana

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Info on Guyana

  • Population: 768,000 (UN, 2005)
  • Capital: Georgetown
  • Area: 214,969 sq km (83,000 sq miles)
  • Major languages: English, indigenous languages, Creole, Hindi, Urdu
  • Major religions: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam
  • Life expectancy: 60 years (men), 66 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 Guyanese dollar (G$) = 100 cents
  • Main exports: Bauxite and alumina, sugar, gold, rice, shrimp, molasses, rum, timber
  • GNI per capita: US$990 (World Bank, 2005)
  • Internet domain: .gy
  • International dialling code: +592

 

* Telecommunications

 

  • Direct dialing is available from Guyana to any country in the world (Canada Direct - 161, USA Direct - 165, UK Direct 169).

 

  • Guyana has 100% digital switching and a full range of value-added customer services.A fibre network reaches most of the coast, as does a seamless digital cellular service

 

* Media

 

 

* Geography

    • Guyana's area is 216,000 square kilometers (83,000 square miles).

 

    • There are four distinct geographical areas: the coastal belt, the forested interior, the savannah zone, and the sandy zone.

 

    • Over 80% of Guyana's land area is forested, and only 2.5% is cultivated. The country's coastline lies 1 to 1.5 meters below sea level at high tide. There is an elaborate systems of drainage canals.

 

    • The most valuable mineral deposits are bauxite, gold and diamonds.

 

    • The main rivers are the Demerara, Berbice and Essequibo.

 

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Government

  • Guyana became independent from Britain in 1966, and a "Co-operative Republic" in 1970 when a non-executive president replaced the governor-general. A new constitution in 1980 gave the president wide executive powers.

 

  • The major parties are the People's Progressive Party, the People's National Congress and the Working People's Alliance.

 

  • Under President Forbes Burnham (PNC 1964-85) Guyana followed a socialist path with extensive nationalization of industry.

 

  • This was gradually relaxed under presidents Desmond Hoyte (PNC 1985-1992), Cheddi Jagan (PPP 1992-97) and Janet Jagan (PPP 1997-99). President Bharrat Jagdeo (PPP) took office in August 1999. The prime minister heads the Cabinet and a 65-member National Assembly is elected by proportional representation.

Results National Elections 2006

 

Results Nation Elections 2011

 

  • President: Hon. Donald Ramotar
  • Governing party :PPP/Civic October 1992-present
  • Main opposition party :APNU.
  • Other opposition parties : AFC,

Current President of Guyana Nov 2011-

 

 

Economy

The agricultural sector accounts for half of the national GDP, producing sugar and rice for export, timber and a range of other products, from coffee to fish and fruit, and rum. Gold, bauxite and diamonds are mined.

 

Embassies and Consulates

  • Brazilian Embassy
  • Canadian High Commission
  • Cuban Embassy
  • French Consulate
  • Suriname Embassy
  • U.S. Embassy
  • Venezuelan Embassy

 

Guyana's Overseas Missions

  • Canada High Commission for the Co-operative Republic of Guyana

Suite 305. 151 Slater Street Ottawa, Ontario KIP 5H3

Tel: (613) 235-7249

Fax: (613) 235-1447

 

  • United Kingdom High Commission for the Co-operative Republic of Guyana

3 Palace Court, Bayswater Road London W2 4LP

Tel: (171) 229-7684, 792-1178

Fax: (171) 727-9809

 

  • United States Embassy of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana

2490 Tracy Place NW

Washington, DC 20008

Tel: (202) 265-6900

Fax: (202) 232-1297

 

  • Consulate General of Guyana

U.N. Plaza, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10017

Tel: (212) 527-3232

Fax: (212) 527-3239

 

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