Guyana At a Glance
Guyana is a country with vast natural resources – forestry, mining and oil and gas. It has been a democracy since 1966 and is the only English speaking country in South America with its legal system based on English common law and its corporate system based on the Canada Business Corporations Act.
|Area||83,000 sq. miles² (215,000 sq. km²)|
|History||Dutch colony 1600s, British Guiana 1815-1966, Independence 1966|
|President||Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, elected in 2020|
|Natural Resources||Oil & Gas, bauxite, gold, diamonds, hardwood timber, shrimp, fish|
|Natural Beauty||700 species of birds, Kaieteur Falls—5x higher than Niagara Falls|
Source: International Monetary Fund, IMF Country Report No.19/296 GUYANA “2019 ARTICLE IV CONSULTATION—PRESS RELEASE; STAFF REPORT; AND STATEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR GUYANA”