Currently, Guyana has adequate infrastructure coverage to support production, communication and access to regional and international markets in the short term. With over 2500km of paved and unpaved roads connected by the key coastal and inland arteries, the road network provides access to all the central services provided in the Georgetown area, as well as providing commercial links between urban and rural areas. In recent years, the key inland road to Brazil has been developed in conjunction with private operators and for the first time in Guyana’s history, is accessible all year round, opening up opportunities for trade with the vast untapped markets of Brazil and South America.
Other major transport hubs in Guyana also have reasonable short term capacity. For example, with over 40 separate wharves, the Port of Georgetown has sufficient capacity to serve Guyana’s current regional and international water traffic and with around 1000 km of navigable river waterways, most centres of economic activity in Guyana are easily accessible by boat to facilitate trade in goods and services.
Guyana’s current air transportation system provides direct links with the United States, Canada, Barbados, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname and the recently refurbished Cheddi Jagan International Airport at Timehri and the Ogle International Airport is able to accommodate a wide range of aircraft.
Improving the road network is an ongoing Government priority. Currently there are a number of large scale projects underway with respect to most major aspects of the road infrastructure. Recent achievements include the rehabilitation of segments along the coastal road, the construction and upgrading of numerous bridges along the coastal road, upgrades to the four-lane Demerara Bridge Highway. Progress continues with the construction of a floating bridge over the Berbice River to replace the existing ferry.
Although significant improvements have been made or are in the pipeline with respect to numerous aspects of Guyana’s transport infrastructure, the Government recognizes that many challenges remain. There is now a need to continue the momentum generated over recent years to deliver a modern, efficient and flexible transport system for Guyana that will help the country compete effectively in the global market place. The private sector has a role to play in achievement of this goal and Government is committed to liberalizing the sector and to increasingly the role of the private sector in transport provision.
The Guyana National Land Use Plan