Minister Responsible for Telecommunications:
HON. GUY EARDLEY JOSEPH
Minister for Communications, Works and Transport and Public Utilities
Permanent Secretary: MR. BEN EMANUEL
Telecommunications Officer:
MR. PERRY MASON
Contact Information:
Ministry of Communications, Works and Transport & Public Utilities
Union
Castries

Population: 168,458 (July 2006 est.)

Economy Overview

Changes in the EU import preference regime and the increased competition from Latin American bananas have made economic diversification increasingly important in Saint Lucia. The island nation has been able to attract foreign business and investment, especially in its offshore banking and tourism industries. The manufacturing sector is the most diverse in the Eastern Caribbean area, and the government is trying to revitalize the banana industry. Economic fundamentals remain solid, even though unemployment needs to be cut.

GDP Per Capita $4,800 (2005 est.)

Communications

Telephone Main Lines In Use: 51,100 (2002)

Telephone Mobile Cellular: 93,000 (2004)

Telephone System: general assessment: adequate system
domestic: system is automatically switched
international: country code – 1-758; direct microwave radio relay link with Martinique and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; tropospheric scatter to Barbados; international calls beyond these countries are carried by Intelsat from Martinique

Radio Broadcast System: AM 2, FM 7, shortwave 0 (2004)

Television Broadcast System: 2 (of which one is a commercial broadcast station and one is a community antenna television or CATV channel) (2004)

Internet Country Code: .lc

Internet Hosts: 21 (2006)

Internet Users: 55,000 (2005)