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Guyana: Why Has the Economy Been In Shackles Since Colonial Times – By Ralph Ramkarran

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Guyana’s is and has always been a primary producer. During its years of Independence, although there was some economic growth, Guyana was unable to significantly diversify its economy by, firstly, adding value to what it produced and, secondly, advancing the process of industrialisation.

Apart from political instability and consequential factors, the absence of an adequate and cheap supply of electricity was the major obstacle inhibiting such development. For a decade and a half beginning in 1957, Guyana saw the construction of a bauxite smelter as a way of triggering and, thereafter, advancing industrial development. Both parties struggled mightily to access foreign aid for projects to increase the supply of electricity. From Tiger Hill to Mazaruni, both failed.      Continue reading

Profile: Uncle Harinarine – Old Time Stories! – By Dhanpaul Narine

Uncle Harinarine – Old Time Stories!

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Vintage Green Glass Kerosene Lamp 1960's

Kerosene Lamp 1960’s

There was a time when the village in Guyana had no electricity. They used hand lamps to move around at nights. These lamps had a wick and a knob pushed the wick up or down depending on the user’s choice. The lamps were blown out at eight in the night and everyone was supposed to be in bed.

Those that could afford it had the gas lamps but after several pumpings the Tiley lamps would puff and go out as well. Then there were those that had neither gas nor hand lamps. They used a bottle with a long cloth wick soaked in kerosene and the smoke that came out was thick and black. It left a mark in the house and if you were a student staying up late the smoke went directly into your eyes.  Continue reading

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