Guyana’s President David Granger expressed satisfaction with the country’s progress on its 50th anniversary as a republic. In an address to the nation, Granger said Guyanese are proud of the strides made by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state. Guyana gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966 and became a republic on Feb. 23, 1970.
Granger said that the 50th republic anniversary is an exciting and encouraging time for Guyanese who can look forward to a higher quality of life and it also marks the dawn of the “Decade of Development 2020-2029”.
He noted that among the initiatives of his decade of the development plan is the provision of tuition-free education for eligible students at the University of Guyana, energy security, economic growth, constitutional reform and governance, the empowerment of youth development and deepening of international relations as well as development for the indigenous people.
“We live in a country that is enjoying high levels of growth and human development and with accountable government and greater equality. Ours is one in which everyone will be able to enjoy equality before the law, education that is free, employment that is satisfying and an environment that is safe and healthy.”