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The name Guyana comes from a local, indigenous language and means “land of many waters.” Guyana contains many rivers, streams and waterfalls, making it a country of abundance. A tribe known as Guyana formed when many civilisations emerged in different regions of the North and South Americas. They hunted and also fished in the many surrounding rivers, such as the Orinoco River and the Amazon. There are numerous waterfalls in Guyana. The most famous is Kaieteur Falls, which is the world's largest single drop waterfall.
Guyana is a Belt and Road country and participated in the “Colourful World” event. Many exhibits showcased its local culture and the lives of its people. At the event, Ms. Wei, a staff member who works at the Embassy of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, introduced the country's culture and history to visitors and answered questions from journalists. In her view, understanding Guyana's national flag is the first step in learning about the country. She talked about the meanings of the five colours on the flag. Green represents the agricultural and forested nature of Guyana; white symbolises its rivers and headwaters; a golden arrow represents Guyana's mineral wealth; black portrays the endurance that sustains the forward movement of the Guyanese people; and red represents the zealous, dynamic nation-building of a young, independent Guyana.
The booth featured timber samples, straw cup mats, bags, hats, baskets, necklaces made from grass seeds, shell bracelets, leather products, medicines, handmade soaps and clothing. The booth was specially equipped with a coffee maker, and staff members invited visitors to taste aromatic coffee from the country.
Wei said that the small booth represents Guyanese people's daily lives and that each of the exhibits corresponds with an important part of the country's development. She hoped these exhibits would help visitors learn about the lives of Guyanese people. Guyana's main export commodities have grown strongly, such as sugar, rice, bauxite, gold and timber. Other commodities such as value-added wood products, non-traditional agricultural products, seafood and light industrial goods, are becoming important sources of foreign-exchange revenues.
Guyana's prime gateway location to the Caribbean and South America, rich natural resources, proximity to export markets, English-speaking population and affordable labour costs have provided good opportunities for foreign countries to invest in the country. Foreign investors do not face discrimination when they invest in Guyana because of its stable macro-policies, attractive investment incentives, strict regulatory environment and favourable corporate tax system.
Traditional Guyanese clothing was displayed at its booth. Wei explained the items were typical clothes that Guyanese people wear for various occasions. Locals often wear simple clothes due to the hot climate. Men often wear T-shirts and shorts, and women mostly wear dresses. People wear traditional Guyanese clothing for religious ceremonies and other special occasions. Visitors can get a deeper understanding of local culture by learning about the purpose of various Guyanese clothes.
The Embassy of Guyana in Beijing prepared beautifully printed leaflets about the country that were available for visitors. Staff members from the embassy said that they participated in the “Colourful World” event to encourage visitors to learn more about Guyana. People from various nations can learn about each other's lives and cultures and may even visit in the future, providing enriching experiences.