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. JOSEPH HEW
Ministry of Planning, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure
Permanent Secretary: MR. ALAN JONES
Telecommunications Officer:
MR. KERNILON OWENS
Telecommunications Officer
Contact Information:
Cayman Centre Unit E-2 Corner of Dorothy and Owen Roberts Drive
P.O. Box 10002
Grand Cayman

Population: 45,436 (July 2006 est.)

Economy Overview

With no direct taxation, the islands are a thriving offshore financial center. More than 40,000 companies were registered in the Cayman Islands as of 1998, including almost 600 banks and trust companies; banking assets exceed $500 billion. A stock exchange was opened in 1997. Tourism is also a mainstay, accounting for about 70% of GDP and 75% of foreign currency earnings. The tourist industry is aimed at the luxury market and caters mainly to visitors from North America. Total tourist arrivals exceeded 1.2 million in 1997, with 600,000 from the US. About 90% of the islands’ food and consumer goods must be imported. The Caymanians enjoy one of the highest outputs per capita and one of the highest standards of living in the world.

GDP Per Capita

$43,800 (2004 est.)

Communications

Telephone Main Lines in use:38,000

Telephone Mobile Cellular: 17,000

Telephone System: General assessment: reasonably good system
domestic: liberalization of telecom market in 2003 reflected in falling prices and improving services, international: country code – 1-345; 2 submarine fiber optic cables (Maya-1, Cayman-Jamaica); satellite earth station – 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)

Radio Broadcast Stations: AM 1, FM 4, shortwave 0 (2004)

Television Broadcast Stations: 4 with cable system (2004)

Internet Country Code: .ky

Internet Hosts: 8,611 (2006)

Internet Users: 9, 909 (2003)