The Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) launched the first 2010 collection of postage stamps to commemorate Guyana’s 40th Republic Anniversary.
The collection was launched in collaboration with the Culture Ministry, a press release from the Government Information Agency (GINA) said. Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, under whose purview the corporation falls, said the stamps represent the struggles Guyanese have faced and conquered during colonialisation. Hinds said the stamps showcase a turning point in Guyana’s history. “Forty years is a good time to recognise that each of us is responsible for the quality of life we live,” he said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Dr Frank Anthony lauded the GPOC for taking such a commendable initiative. He said that stamps play an important role in showcasing Guyana’s rich culture, not just for revenue purposes. “The Post Office has been doing a remarkable job in keeping the tradition of stamps alive, thereby playing their part in national development,” he said.
GPOC Chairman of the Board of Directors Juan Edghill said the production of stamps is an attempt to preserve Guyana’s rich history. He also said “the Post Office is not only about stamps, it is also a communication business that keeps people connected.” Edghill appealed for more partnership between the GPOC and communities so that it can better execute its mandate.
According to GINA, the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security in collaboration with the United Nations Children Fund will be producing stamps designed by children. GINA said too in 2008, the GPOC launched a special commemorative stamp for Carifesta X as part of its contribution to the festival’s philatelic arts. Four limited edition stamps were also produced in 2009 to show the contradicting presence of change and constancy between two countries that Guyana has shared friendly relations with. A special Commonwealth stamp was also produced at the request of the Commonwealth Secretariat.