British Virgin Islands - Caribbean Telecommunications Union

Minister Responsible for Telecommunications:
Minister for Communications & Works
Permanent Secretary: MR. ANTHONY McMASTER

Contact Information:
Ministry of Communications and Works
33 Admin. Drive
Central Administration Complex
Road Town, Tortola

Population: 23,098 (July 2006)

Economy Overview

The economy, one of the most stable and prosperous in the Caribbean, is highly dependent on tourism, generating an estimated 45% of the national income. An estimated 350,000 tourists, mainly from the US, visited the islands in 1998. Tourism suffered in 2002 because of the lackluster US economy. In the mid-1980s, the government began offering offshore registration to companies wishing to incorporate in the islands, and incorporation fees now generate substantial revenues. Roughly 400,000 companies were on the offshore registry by yearend 2000. The adoption of a comprehensive insurance law in late 1994, which provides a blanket of confidentiality with regulated statutory gateways for investigation of criminal offenses, made the British Virgin Islands even more attractive to international business. Livestock raising is the most important agricultural activity; poor soils limit the islands’ ability to meet domestic food requirements. Because of traditionally close links with the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands has used the US dollar as its currency since 1959.

GDP Per Capita

$38,500 (2004 est.)


Telephone Main Lines in Use: 11,700 (2002)

Telephone Mobile Cellular: 8,000 (2002)

Telephone Systgem: General assessment: worldwide telephone service
domestic: NA  international: country code – 1-284; submarine cable to Bermuda

Radio Broadcast Stations: AM 1, FM 5, shortwave 0 (2004)

Television Broadcast Stations: 1 (plus one cable company) (1997)

Internet Country Code: .vg

Internet Hosts: 525 (2006)

Internet Users: 4000 (2002)