Guyana: Government debt

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 Guyana

Government debt as percent of GDP

 Latest value 25.11
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1997 - 2022
 Average 64.55
 Min - Max 25.11 - 108.04
 Source International Monetary Fund (IMF)
For that indicator, we provide data for Guyana from 1997 to 2022. The average value for Guyana during that period was 64.55 percent with a minimum of 25.11 percent in 2022 and a maximum of 108.04 percent in 1998. The latest value from 2022 is 25.11 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 165 countries is 60.91 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
Guyana - Government debt - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Guyana - Government debt - historical chart - 1997-2022




The government debt in Guyana and other countries is calculated as the total amount owed by the national government to domestic and international lenders. It is reported as percent of GDP so that we can evaluate its magnitude relative to the size of the economy.

Government debt of about 60 percent or less of GDP is not considered a problem. The government can make payments without strain and even has some room to borrow more. If debt levels reach 80-90 percent that may have negative effects on the economy. Debt above 120 percent of GDP is quite detrimental.
Definition: Debt is the entire stock of direct government fixed-term contractual obligations to others outstanding on a particular date. It includes domestic and foreign liabilities such as currency and money deposits, securities other than shares, and loans. It is the gross amount of government liabilities reduced by the amount of equity and financial derivatives held by the government. Because debt is a stock rather than a flow, it is measured as of a given date, usually the last day of the fiscal year.

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 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Government spending, percent of GDP 26.91 2005 percent
 Government spending, in dollars 0.22 2005 billion U.S. dollars
 Fiscal balance, percent of GDP -5.18 2022 percent
 Government debt 25.11 2022 percent
 Commercial tax rate 30.60 2019 percent
 Tax preparation time 256 2019 hours
 Number of taxes 35 2019 taxes
 Foreign aid 138.81 2021 million U.S. dollars
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