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 Guyana
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Area: 214,969 sq km (83,000 sq miles)
Population: 758,000 (UN, 2012)
Capital City: Georgetown
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Overview
Government Type republic
Independence 26 May 1966 (from the UK)
Constitution 6 October 1980
Legal system based on English common law with certain admixtures of Roman-Dutch law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal
Executive Branch Chief of State: President David GRANGER (since 16 May 2015)
Cabinet: Cabinet of Ministers appointed by the president, responsible to the legislature
elections: president elected by popular vote as leader of a party list in parliamentary elections, which must be held at least every five years (no term limits); elections last held on 11 May 2015 (next to be held by May 2020); prime minister appointed by the president
Election results: President David GRANGER elected
Legislative Branch unicameral National Assembly (65 seats; members elected by popular vote, also not more than 4 non-elected non-voting ministers and 2 non-elected non-voting parliamentary secretaries appointed by the president; members to serve five-year terms)
elections: last held on 28 August 2006 (next to be held by August 2011)
election results: seats by party - APNU/AFC - 33; PPP/C 32
Judicial Branch Supreme Court of Judicature, consisting of the High Court and the Court of Appeal, with right of final appeal to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)
Country Studies
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BBC News Profile - Guyana
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.
CIA World Factbook - Guyana
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.
Country Health Profile - Guyana
Information, health situation analysis, and statistics about countries in the Americas.
FAO and Guyana
Information on economic and agricultural issues from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It also has a good selection of maps.
Guyana: Security Assistance
Country-by-country listing provides information on Political-Military-administered security assistance funds from the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.
Human Development Report on Guyana
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.
IMF - Guyana
Country information, reports and publications from the International Monetary Fund.
IAEA - Guyana
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
ITC - Guyana
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).
Library of Congress - Guyana
Country portal and resources compiled by the Library of Congress subject experts.
OHCHR - Guyana
Country background, treaties, reporting status, calendar of events and publications related to human rights from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).
UNESCO Worldwide - Guyana
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States.
UNESCO Communication & Information - Guyana
Country profile, news and links to related projects and websites.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics - Guyana
A selection of national statistics on education, literacy, science and technology, culture, and communication.
UNESCO Office for the Caribbean
Cluster Office representing UNESCO member and associate states in the Caribbean. Member States are Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saints Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Associate Member States are British Virgin Islands, Netherlands Antilles and Cayman Islands.
UNESCO World Heritage - Guyana
Cultural and natural heritage properties and documents on the World Heritage List.
UNFPA Country Profile - Guyana
"The United Nations Population Fund ( UNFPA) supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect."
UNFPA Caribbean
The UNFPA office in Jamaica serves the English and Dutch Speaking Caribbean inclusive of 21 member countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and The Turks and Caicos Islands.
United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Guyana
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.
United Nations Country @ a Glance - Guyana
Country overview, news, economy, environment, health and technology from the United Nations Cyberschoolbus.
United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Guyana
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.
United Nations Statistics Division: National Accounts - Guyana
"Statistics database contains a complete and consistent set of time series from 1970 onwards of main national accounts aggregates for all UN Members States and all other countries and areas in the world."
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - Guyana
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with Guyana.
U.S. Commercial Service - Guyana
Country profile about doing business abroad by the Commercial Service, the global business solutions unit of the Department of Commerce.
U.S. Commercial Service - Caribbean Region
Regional profile about doing business in the Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Curacao / Aruba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, St. Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks, and Caicos Islands) by the Commercial Service, the global business solutions unit of the Department of Commerce.
U.S. Department of Energy - Guyana
Country energy profile for production, consumption, U.S. oil imports, and CO2 emissions.
PAHO/WHO - Guyana
Country office for Guyana.
UNAIDS - Guyana
Country situation analysis and news from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
USAID Health: HIV/AIDS - Guyana
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) HIV/AIDS intervention program in Guyana.
WHO - Guyana
Information and statistics on the status of public health in Guyana from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Diplomacy and Aid
We've listed below some useful information related to Diplomacy and Aid for this country. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and eliminate any links that close, are found to be unfactual or deceptive. The links included are those generally considered most relevant to the topic and worthwhile for their content and services. We urge you to explore these resources for their information, ideas, and services. Please suggest other resources you think we should list here. Notify us if you think a resource listed here has become deceptive or unfactual.
CARICOM - Guyana
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was established by the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973. It is a regional organization dedicated to improving development, trade and economics, international competitiveness and economic leverage, coordination of foreign economic policies, and standards of living and work.
Commonwealth of Nations - Guyana
"The Commonwealth is an association of 53 independent states consulting and co-operating in the common interests of their peoples and in the promotion of international understanding and world peace. The Commonwealth's 2 billion citizens, about 30 per cent of the world's population, are drawn from the broadest range of faiths, races, cultures and traditions."
Delegation of the European Union to Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba and the Netherland Antillies
The Delegations of the External Service serve European Union interests throughout the world.
Embassy of Guyana in Washington, DC
Diplomatic representation of Guyana in the United States.
Embassy of the United States in Georgetown, Guyana
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in Guyana.
European Union Relations with Guyana
Overview, country strategy, agreements, and documents on the European Union's relations with Guyana.
G-77 at the United Nations
The Group of 77 is an intergovernmental organization of developing states in the UN. It provides the means for the countries of the South to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, and promote South-South cooperation for development. There are now 130 member states (including Guyana), although the name G-77 was retained because of its historical significance.
Inter-American Development Bank and Guyana
Strategy, projects,and news about Guyana and the IADB.
Permanent Mission of Guyana to the Organization of American States
"The OAS brings together the nations of the Western Hemisphere to strengthen cooperation on democratic values, defend common interests and debate the major issues facing the region and the world. The OAS is the region's principal multilateral forum for strengthening democracy, promoting human rights, and confronting shared problems such as poverty, terrorism, illegal drugs and corruption."
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Guyana to the United Nations
Website of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations.
ReliefWeb - Guyana
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.
SESRTCIC - Guyana
Socioeconomic statistics and information for member countries from the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRTCIC), a subsidiary organ of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select Guyana from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Guyana
UNDP helps countries work toward human rights, democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment for sustainable development, and HIV/AIDS prevention.
United Nations Division for Sustainable Development - Guyana
Economic, social and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.
USAID - Guyana
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) economic and humanitarian assistance programs.
U.S. Department of State - Guyana
U.S.-Guyanese relations, diplomacy, and country background notes.
Background Notes - Guyana
Provides country background and foreign policy information for the American public from the Department of State's Bureau of Public Affairs.
World Bank - Guyana
World Bank data, projects, and research in Guyana.
World Trade Organization - Guyana
Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for member countries.
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