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Guyana country brief

Shared international perspectives and people-to-people ties.

Key engagement

Pursuit of common interests in multilateral fora and the Commonwealth.

Outlook

Export and investment opportunities exist for Australian businesses, particularly in the mining (oil and gas) sector. Offshore oil production will significantly increase from 2020. Increased oil revenues are expected to transform Guyana’s economy.

Bilateral relations

Australia and Guyana formally established diplomatic relations in 1973.

Australia's High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago and has non-resident accreditation to Guyana.

Guyana does not have official representation in Australia.

Foreign relations

Australia and Guyana are members of the Commonwealth, International Maritime Organisation (IMO), World Trade Organisation (WTO), United Nations (UN), and UN organisations.

Guyana is a member of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, and other regional organisations.

Guyana is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and hosts CARICOM’s headquarters.Foreign Policy White Paper.

Fast facts

Guyanese visitors to Australia (2019 Dept of Home Affairs) #
100
Australian visitors to Guyana (primary destination 2019 Dept of Home Affairs) #
100
Resident Australian population born in Guyana (2016 Census)
552
Australian residents of Guyanese descent (2016 Census)
641
Guyanese students in Australia (2019 Dept of Education)
<5

# This data is owned by Home Affairs. It provides quarterly updates to this data on its website.

High level engagement

2017 July – Former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met Guyana Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge at the CARICOM Summit in Grenada.

Agreements with Guyana

2018 MoU on Air Services

Public diplomacy

Through the Direct Aid Program (DAP), the Australian Government supports community projects in Guyana. Recent projects have focused on improved access to potable water storage and sanitation capacity for indigenous communities as well as improved food security mechanisms.

Economic diplomacy

The Australian Government supports Australian investors in Guyana and provides advice on political, economic and regulatory environments.

Further economic and trade information can be found in our Guyana trade/economic fact sheet [PDF].

Business

Export and investment opportunities exist for Australian businesses, particularly in the mining (oil and gas) sector. Several Australia mining and related companies are active in Guyana. Troy Resources operates Guyana’s second-largest gold mine, Karouni; consultant engineers Worley deliver services in Guyana; and other Australian mining companies are engaged in exploration.

Austrade’s Mexico City Office aims to attract foreign direct investment from Guyana into Australia, identifies market opportunities in Guyana and promotes the capabilities of Australian exporters and education providers.

Austrade

Austrade offices

Australian High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago

18 Herbert Street, St Clair, Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago

Tel: +1 (868) 822 5450

General: ahc.portofspain@dfat.gov.au

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Travel

See Smartraveller for information on travelling: smartraveller.gov.au

last updated November 2020 

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