Guyana fast fact
Key cross-sectoral policies:
Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040
Low Carbon Development Strategy
Key thematic and sectoral action areas in 2018:
Green Jobs Assessment
Green Industry and Trade Assessment
Systems dynamic modelling training with Ministry of Finance
Training preparation on green energy, forestry and agriculture, and infrastructure
The PAGE partnership with Guyana began in 2017 with the government’s commitment to develop and implement the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040 – its long term economic and socio-cultural vision for development.
The Guyanese government is intent on pursuing green economic and social growth, with core objectives of:
- diversifying the economy
- reducing reliance on traditional sectors
- realising sustainable income and investment opportunities in high value-adding and growth sectors
- promoting social equity and strengthening the economy’s ecological foundations
PAGE has established itself as an important partnership mechanism for facilitating technical expertise that has contributed to the elaboration of the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040.
PAGE has provided the Government of Guyana with analytical support in the areas of:
- Green economy
- Green jobs
- Green industry assessments
Progress in 2018: A Snapshot
Boosting Capacity in System Dynamics Modelling
PAGE has been working to build the capacity of the staff of the Ministry of Finance to use systems dynamics modelling, through hosting various workshops and training events.
While this agenda is still ongoing, the Ministry has already increased their capacity to use and interpret the modelling tool, in order to gain a holistic understanding of the social, environmental and economic impacts of policy and investment decisions. Additional training on the systems dynamics modelling is planned for March 2019.
Visioning a Greener Future
PAGE conducted a mission to Guyana in 2018 to support the country’s efforts to transition to an inclusive green economy through the elaboration of the policy recommendations of the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040.
Thanks to these efforts there is now:
- improved inclusivity and stakeholder representation within the elaboration process for the development of the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040; and
- a significant increase in the national involvement and ownership of the Strategy, ensuring that it caters to the needs of the Guyanese society as a whole.
Starting a Green Conversation
PAGE has supported two Green Conversations, public and media events featuring Mr. Pavan Sukhdev, Vice President of WWF International.
Mr. Sukdhev delivered informative presentations on “Human Capital in a Green State” and on “Innovation for Better Opportunities and Sustainable Enterprises in Agriculture”, respectively, linking green economy principles with their benefits for growth and the transition to renewable sources of energy.
The Green Conversations are now an established and recognized brand and will be continued during the implementation phase of the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040, maintaining broad engagement with Guyanese society.
Informing sectoral and thematic policy action and reform
To support the development of green industry in Guyana, PAGE has conducted a Green Industry Assessment, which will inform the elaboration and support the implementation of the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040. A Green Conversation on green industry complemented the validation workshop to give more visibility to Green Industry Assessment and to PAGE’s work and linkages to the Development Strategy.
PAGE has also begun work on a Green Jobs Assessment in Guyana, which, when complete, will provide an economy-wide analysis that uncovers the sectors and gaps with greatest potential for employment and fair work, while protecting the environment.
How does PAGE's work in Guyana meet its objectives?
Outcome 1: National policymaking
The Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040 was presented to the Cabinet in 2018 and will be subsequently presented to Parliament, with anticipated approval in 2019 and implementation beginning in 2020. The Government’s commitment to the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040 was also reiterated in the 2019 Budget Speech delivered by the Minister of Finance in November 2018 — which contains strong references to the priorities of the Strategy and green economy principles, acknowledging that, “economic development must not be at the expense of our environment, and vibrant and healthy communities” and pledging to invest in opportunities that drive sustainable development and economic prosperity.
PAGE has been supporting the Government to realize the ambitious objectives of the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040 through inter-ministerial capacity building, assisting in the elaboration of the policy recommendations, mobilizing increased stakeholder collaboration, inclusivity and participation and the support of relevant public and media events connected to green economy.
Looking ahead, PAGE will build on the initial systems dynamic modelling to support the country in building a national systems dynamic green economy model that will add additional sectors to those that initially used to inform the GSDS.
Outcome 2: Sectoral Reform
In order to support the development of green industry in Guyana and aid the implementation of the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040, PAGE conducted a Green Industry and Trade Assessment, the results of which were validated by stakeholders at a technical workshop held in December 2018.
The results of the workshop were also presented in a Green Conversations that featured information exchange in a dynamic setting as part of the public relations effort to build awareness of the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040.
Looking ahead, PAGE will supplement the GITA with additional analysis of priority sectors.
PAGE has also begun work on a Green Jobs Assessment model in Guyana which, when complete, will provide an economy-wide analysis of the sectors with greatest potential for employment and fair work, assessing gaps and analytical challenges, and the foundational concepts of macroeconomic accounting and IOT/SAM-based multiplier analysis. The exercise will also identify measures to better protect the environment. The preparatory mission for implementation of PAGE's Green Jobs Assessment Methodology took place in Georgetown in April 2018.
Also in October 2018, PAGE sponsored a booth for the display of agro-processing products of an indigenous women’s group in the Green Expo and International Small Business Summit. The Summit provided the platform for experts, entrepreneurs, academia, politicians and the other representatives from 16 countries to exchange information and experiences in green economy initiatives.
Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity
Through a series of workshops and training events, PAGE has been working to build the capacity of the Ministry of Finance for systems dynamics modelling. While this agenda is still ongoing, the Ministry has already increased its capacity to use and interpret the modelling tool in order to gain a holistic understanding of the social, environmental and economic impacts. This work will significantly improve institutional and individual capacities in utilizing modelling to support future policy and planning processes.
Recognizing the importance of the media for developing a broad support base for the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040, PAGE is also developing a tailored training for journalists and other media professionals. This aims to increase understanding, clarify concepts and de-mystify perceptions around green economy, as well as to cover the key messages and priorities from the Green State Development Strategy.
Looking ahead, PAGE will continue to support capacity building on systems dynamics modelling and will work closely with national partners to develop national capacity around green jobs.
Outcome 4: Knowledge sharing
PAGE is supporting countries to improve their Inclusive Green Economy knowledge base by generating and sharing knowledge products such as manuals, reports, lessons learned and best practices with the aim to inform and support national policy analysis and formulation.
For knowledge sharing, PAGE organizes high level events, conferences, workshops involving current and future PAGE countries to build networks and global platforms to exchange experiences and information.
SDGs and Paris Agreement Articles
In Guyana, PAGE is contributing toward SDGs 8, 9, 13 and 17, in particular though support for the elaboration of the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040, including providing assistance for systems dynamic modelling and awareness raising around inclusive green economy, as well as supporting the development of policies in green industry and green jobs.