Where are we?
MDG8 is important to Guyana. The overarching emphasis on developing global partnerships was born out of the recognition that for countries like Guyana to sustainably achieve the rest of the goals, an international environment which is conducive to their attainment must be sought and sustained. Targets to be met under this goal reflect commitments made by member states to strengthen cooperation in the areas of trade, official development assistance, external debt, and access to medicines and technology.
Official Development Assistance (ODA) has shown an overall increase in volume over the past five years. Guyana has moved from being a heavily indebted poor country to one that has achieved debt sustainability.
These improvements have expanded the fiscal space available to the Government to carry out social and other investments towards the MDGs. The country remains at moderate risk of debt distress and is vulnerable to external shocks. In view of this, Government is very proactive in maintaining long-term debt sustainability.
A number of measures have been put in place to improve the population’s access to essential drugs, namely the updating of the official list of essential drugs and the strengthening of the pharmaceutical supply chain, including improvements in the management of the Government’s drugs warehouse. There are a number of areas earmarked for improvement, including the estimation and evaluation of drug needs, the storage and transportation of drugs and monitoring of usage at health facilities across the country.
The benefits of new technologies, especially information and communication, have become more widespread in Guyana. Between 1990 and 2009, landline telephone access increased and the use of cellular phones has rapidly increased as well.
The number of internet subscribers has increased over the years and bandwidth capacity in the country has recently had a major boost in the form of a new fibre optic cable being commissioned. These technological advances have opened many opportunities for growth and underscore Government’s role in effectively managing a growing sector, expanding affordable access to all groups and empowering the population to take advantage of the new services available.