L to R: Stephen Spence, Consultant, Arkitechs; Junior Mc Intyre, CTU CARCIP Programme Coordinator; Bernadette Lewis, Secretary General, CTU; Selby Wilson, Telecommunications Strategist, CTU; Mauro Miyake, OCP/SMC Lead Caribbean, Microsoft; Rafael Suarez- Cloud Specialist, Microsoft; and Lisette Hernandez, Territory Channel Manager, Microsoft.
OFFICIAL PHOTO OF THE 37TH EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
Front row, l-r: Nigel Cassimire, CTU Secretariat; Diana Francis, St. Kitts and Nevis; Hon. Vincent Byron Jr.; St. Kitts and Nevis; Bernadette Lewis, CTU Secretariat; Hon. Melford Nicholas, Antigua and Barbuda; Anthony McMaster, British Virgin Islands. Second row, l-r: Bevil Wooding, ARIN; Michelle Garcia, CTU Secretariat; Roxanne John, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Decima Corea, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Wendy Jap a Joe, Suriname; Amicia Mussenden, St. Kitts and Nevis; Valeenee Wasimin, Suriname; Sonia Culmer, The Bahamas; Darryl Jackson, Antigua and Barbuda; Imi Chitterman, Grenada. Third row, l-r: Trevor Prevatt, CTU Secretariat; Selby Wilson, CTU Secretariat; Stephen Bereaux, The Bahamas; Ophelia Blanchard, St. Kitts and Nevis; Vaughn Hazell, Anguilla; Vance Lewis, British Virgin Islands; Clifford Bostic, Barbados; Jeremy Hodge, British Virgin Islands; Bennette Thomas, Dominica; Williams Ijeh, ITU.

Minister Responsible for Telecommunications:
HON. FRANK MENA
Minister of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities Emergency
Chief Executive Officer: DR. PETER ALLEN

Contact Information:
East Block
Belmopan City
Belize C.A.

Economy Overview

In this small, essentially private-enterprise economy the tourism industry is the number one foreign exchange earner followed by marine products, citrus, cane sugar, bananas, and garments. The government’s expansionary monetary and fiscal policies, initiated in September 1998, led to sturdy GDP growth averaging nearly 5% in 1999-2005. Major concerns continue to be the sizable trade deficit and foreign debt. A key short-term objective remains the reduction of poverty with the help of international donors.

GDP Per Capita: 6,800 (2005 est.)

Communications

Telephone Man Lines in Use: 33,300 (2005)

Telephone Mobile Cellular: 93,100 (2005)

Telephone System: general assessment: above-average system
domestic: trunk network depends primarily on microwave radio relay
international: country code – 501; satellite earth station – 8 (Intelsat – 2, unknown – 6) (2005)

Radio Broadcast Station: AM 1, FM 12, shortwave 0 (1998)

Television Broadcast Station: 2 (1997)

Internet Country Code: .bz

Internet Hosts: 3,905 (2006)

Internet Users: 35,000 (2005)

Minister Responsible for Telecommunications:
HON. RALPH FONSECA
Minister for Home Affairs & Public Utilities
Permanent Secretary: MR. CRESENCIO SOSA
Telecommunications Officer:
MR. ROBERTO YOUNG
Telecommunications Director