President Dr Irfaan Ali on the occasion of Arrival Day is urging Guyanese to remain united and to remember that each person is entitled to a share in the country’s future bounty.
“Let us all move forward as a united country, mindful that each of our various peoples has a claim on national development, and an entitlement to share in the great bounty that the future promises.”
Arrival Day is set aside to celebrate Guyana’s multicultural heritage by acknowledging immigrants who came and built colonial Guyana.
“Arrival Day acknowledges the achievements of all those persons who came to Guyana and who, along with their descendants, have contributed to the collective effort to build our nation and agitate for its freedom.”
To this end, President Ali has urged citizens to “commit to living as Brothers and Sisters in peace, harmony and goodwill knowing that in doing so we will be preserving and honouring the legacy of those who came”.
Today also marks the 184th anniversary of the arrival of the first indentured immigrants from India. This indentureship agreement saw more than 240, 000 immigrants coming to British Guiana and making their mark on the country through industry, culture, economic activities, and society.
“Indian indentured immigrants helped to sustain the sugar industry, diversify economic activities and contributed to the struggle for freedom and improved living and working conditions. Their descendants continue to make indelible and positive contributions in all facets of national development."
According to the President’s message “Indian Arrival Day is thus of historical and national importance…[and] on this, the occasion of Indian Arrival Day 2022, I applaud the enterprise, fortitude and resilience of our Indian community.”