British Guiana: The Gimpex Way

"Hello, late workers," reads the cheery newspaper ad. "Are you usually late for work, appointments and dates? Well, let Gimpex take care of this with a Russian alarm wristwatch." And if timing is no problem, how about Chinese or Czechoslovakian sewing machines, glassware, pots and pans, brushes, cut-rate food items? In British Guiana's capital of Georgetown, Gimpex, short for Guiana Import-Export Corp., offers them all. The company is the colony's biggest importer of Communist goods, and Marxist Premier Cheddi lagan's lifeline to the Red world.

No one in the tiny South American country questions any more whether

Cheddi Jagan is a...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!