‘Guyana on the cusp of unprecedented transformational development’ – PPP says in Independence Day message



Our beloved nation has reached another milestone, its 55th Independence Anniversary. It comes at a
time when Guyana is on the cusp of unprecedented transformational development. The unleashing of
our nation’s vast potential is within reach. Our developmental trajectory has, undoubtedly, imbued all
Guyanese with a tremendous sense of optimism, pride, expectation and confidence that our individual
and collective dreams and aspirations for a prosperous nation will be realised.

As we observe this very significant moment in our nation’s history, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP)
takes this opportunity to extend greetings to all Guyanese, both here and those globally in the Diaspora.
The 55 years since the Golden Arrowhead was first hoisted in May 1966, was not without its challenges.

Our nation and its people were tested at various points, but on every occasion, despite the severity of
what confronted us, our resilience and indomitable will to rise to those challenges and to forge ahead,
prevailed. It is demonstrative of our resoluteness as a people to work assiduously and to sustain our
efforts to build a brighter future for all.

During those 55 years, there were periods when much was achieved – a period that saw our physical
and social infrastructures being transformed through sustained growth and development – and periods
of regression. There were periods when our freedoms were suppressed and periods when they were
restored. There were periods when pride was lost and periods when it returned after relentless

However, throughout these times, our people never allowed hope to slip away and remained
steadfast in their commitment to nation-building and the advancement of all. Guyanese are aware that the 55th Independence Anniversary comes months after glaring attempts to suppress freedoms and democracy.

The fact that our freedom and nascent democracy were vigorously defended is testimony to our collective resolve and the value we, as a people, attached to our democratic principles. This is not dissimilar to the values of those who led the struggles and fought valiantly for Independence would have attached to breaking the shackles of colonialism.

Those selfless struggles remain a revered source of inspiration and a demonstration of patriotism in guiding us to work in the best interest of our country and all of its peoples.

As we celebrate this independence anniversary, albeit restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our
Party urges that we be encouraged by the invaluable efforts of those who struggled to free us from
colonialism, as we endeavor together to safeguard our democratic values and to advance ourselves and
fellow countrymen and women as a new era of transformational development beckons.

Happy Independence to all Guyanese!
People’s Progressive Party
May 25, 2021

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