Guyana received little foreign assistance during the early
1980s because aid donors disapproved of the Burnham government's
political orientation. According to the government, total aid flows
into Guyana were US$71 million in 1981, US$40 million in 1982,
US$32 million in 1983, US$23 million in 1985, and US$31 million in
In the late 1980s, aid donors provided assistance primarily in
the form of debt refinancing. Help in clearing Guyana's arrears on
its debt was a form of aid because it made the country eligible for
various international loans and assistance programs. Guyana was
slated to receive assistance from the United States Agency for
International Development (AID) in 1991. Beginning in 1988, the
year that the Hoyte government announced its Economic Recovery
Program, the United States provided about US$7 million (under the
Public Law 480 program) in concessional loans for wheat purchases.
Guyana also received aid from the EEC, in the form of preferential
access to EEC markets and grants for infrastructure development.
Canada also provided aid.
Data as of January 1992