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The printing and publishing industries in Guyana are relatively small and almost entirely focused on the domestic market. Peepal Tree Press, first established in Leeds, England, is one of the localised publishers promoting the rise of Guyanese literature. The Press has won numerous awards for its publications. In 2009 Guyana’s president committed to a project to establish the first Caribbean publishing house in Georgetown in order to represent Caribbean authors and promote regional unity.
Guyana is placed 78out of 144 countries on the Global Competitiveness Report 2012–13 with an intellectual property protection score of 3.4 out of 7.0. In comparison, neighbouring country Venezula is ranked 143out of 144 and has a score of 1.7 for its intellectual property protection.
The Guyanese government has recently been in the media over a legal action posed by the UK Publishers Association. Guyana’s Education Ministry has been buying pirated books from companies which duplicate the copyrighted originals, and providing them to public schools. The action has been publicly defended by the country’s Cabinet Secretary, who stated it is justifiable due to financial concerns (2012).
Guyana is the only South American country which is English speaking. English is complemented with a Creole dialect which varies according to the various ethnic groups inhabited here, and is used for educative, commercial and governmental purposes creating an established publishing market. The literacy rate is 91.8% (2002 Census). The University of Guyana is one of the country’s main universities. Established in 1963, the university has slowly built up its programmes which now cover a wide variety of courses, and has a student body of 5,000.The American International School of Medicine is also an established university located in Georgetown. Guyana has an annual book fair: Cayenne Book Fair which invites authors from French Guiana, France, Suriname and Brazil to showcase their works.
Small printing companies, found mainly in urban centres, offer a variety of services including magazine, newspaper and book printing, and the printing of business cards, advertisements and brochures. A good example of this is F&H Printing Establishment which is one of Guyana’s printers situated in Georgetown. The Guyana Printing Industry & Allied Workers Union is the trade body promoting the interests of those in the printing industry.
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