Private Sector Commission

Investor’s Guide

Facts on Guyana       

Guyana, officially named the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, is a tropical country situated on the northern coast of South America. It has an area of 214, 969 sq km (83,000 square miles) and is bound by the Atlantic Ocean on the north.Guyana is surrounded by Suriname to the east, Brazil to the south and southwest, and Venezuela to west.Culturally Guyana is more associated with the Caribbean than with Latin America and is the only English-speaking country in South America.

Guyana has a population of 747,884 (2012 census estimate) and has a very diverse population of six races of people.

Motto:                         One People, One Nation, One Destiny

Status:                                    Cooperative Republic

Capital City:               Georgetown

Airports:                     Cheddi Jagan International and Ogle International

Major Natural                        Gold, Rice, Bauxite, Sugar, Timber



Major Industries:       Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry; Bauxite; Sugar; Rice Milling; Manufacturing; Financial and Insurance Activities; Information and Communication; Wholesale and Retail Trade


Currency:                    Guyana Dollar

VAT:                            16%

GDP:                            US $2,611.3 million (2013)

GDP Growth:              5.2% (2013)

Per Capita GDP:         US $3,496.3 million (2013)

Total Exports:             US $1.376 billion (2013)

Total Imports:                        US $1.838 billion (2013)

Average US Dollar

Exchange rate:           G $206.25 (2013)


Lending rate:              11.6% (2013)


FDI:                              US $217 million


Rate of Inflation:       0.9%


Individual Income

Tax Rate:                     30%


Corporate Tax Rate:  Commercial (40%) Non-Commercial (30%)


Major Trading

Countries:                   United States of America, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, China,Japan,United Kingdom, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Jamaica, Germany, Ukraine, Belgium


Business Hours:          Commercial: 08:00-16:30 hrs Monday to Friday; 08:00-12:30 hrs Saturday 
Government: 08:00-16:30 hrs Monday to Thursday; 08:00-15:30 hrs Friday