GUYANA

Official name: Co-operative Republic of Guyana 

Short name: Guyana 

Date of membership: 17 January 1976 

Capital: Georgetown 

Geography 

Location: Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Suriname and Venezuela. 

Area: 214,970 sq km 

Land boundaries: 2,462 km 

Border countries: Brazil 1,119 km, Suriname 600 km, Venezuela 743 km 

Coastline: 459 km 

Natural resources: Bauxite, gold, diamonds, hardwood timber, shrimp, fish 

Environment - international agreements: Party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94. 

Economic indicators 

Total at current prices (2013) 3 386 Millions USD 2016
Per capita at current prices 4 394 USD 2016
Growth rate per capita at constant prices -2.8 % 2016
Country share in regional GDP 0.1 % 2016
Imports of goods and services (% of GDP at current prices)  NA NA NA
Exports of goods and services (% of GDP at current prices)  27 % 2016

Source: Guyana: National Economic Profile. CEPALSTAT. Databases and Statistical Publications. ECLAC. On line. Inquiry: September 09, 2017. NA= Data not avilable

Socio-demographic indicators

Total population   778 (000) 2017
Life expectancy NA NA NA
Women NA NA NA
Men NA NA NA
Public health expenditure as a percentage of GDP 5.3 % 2014
Literacy rate for persons between the ages of 15 to 24 94.4 % 2015
Net rate of enrolment in primary education 81.4 % 2012
Net rate of enrolment in secondary education 82.2 % 2011
Public expenditure on education as a percentage of GDP 3.2 % 2012
Gini Coefficient NA NA NA
Unemployment NA NA NA

Source: Guyana: National Socio-Demographic Profile. CEPALSTAT. Data Bases and Statistical Publications. ECLAC. On line. Inquiry: September 09, 2017.NA= Data not available

Languages: English, Amerindian dialects, Creole, Hindi, Urdu 

Government 

Administrative divisions: 10 regions: Barima-Waini, Cuyuni-Mazaruni, Demerara-Mahaica, East Berbice-Corentyne, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara, Mahaica-Berbice, Pomeroon-Supenaam, Potaro-Siparuni, Upper Demerara-Berbice, Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo. 

Independence: 26 May 1966 (from UK) 

Constitution: 6 October 1980 

Suffrage: 16 years of age; universal 

Executive branch: Chief of state: President Donald Ramotar (since 03 December 2011). 

Head of government: Prime Minister Samuel Hinds (since October 1992, except for a period as chief of state after the death of President Cheddi Jagan on 6 March 1997. 

Cabinet: Cabinet of Ministers appointed by the president, responsible to the legislature. Prime minister appointed by the president. 

Legislative branch: Unicameral National Assembly (68 seats, 65 elected by popular vote, 1 elected Speaker of the National Assembly, and 2 nonvoting members appointed by the president; members serve five-year terms). 

Judicial branch: Supreme Court of Judicature; Judicial Court of Appeal; High Court. 

Internet country code: .gy 

Official Portal Web: http://www.op.gov.gy