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:
H.E. (THE HON.)  JERRY MIRANDA
Minister of Public Works Transport & Communication
Permanent Secretary: DR. JOYCE BLOKLAND-WIJNSTEIN
Permanent secretary for Transport and Communication
Telecommunications Officer: MS. JUANITA MaCLEAN
Ministry of Transport, Communications & Tourism
Prins Hendrikstraat
26-28 Paramaribo

Population: 568,549 (2018)

Economy Overview

The economy is dominated by the mining industry, which accounts for more than a third of GDP and subjects government revenues to mineral price volatility. The short-term economic outlook depends on the government’s ability to control inflation and on the development of projects in the bauxite and gold mining sectors. Suriname’s economic prospects for the medium term will depend on continued commitment to responsible monetary and fiscal policies and to the introduction of structural reforms to liberalize markets and promote competition. The government of Ronald VENETIAAN, in his first term, implemented an austerity program, raised taxes, and attempted to control spending. Economic policies are likely to remain the same during VENETIAAN’s second term. Prospects for local onshore oil production are good, as a drilling program is underway. Offshore oil drilling was given a boost in 2004 when the State Oil Company (Staatsolie) signed exploration agreements with Repsol, Mearsk, and Occidental.

GDP Per Capita: $6,600 (2005 est.)

Communications

Telephone main lines in use: 81,100 (2004)
Telephone mobile cellular:  232,800 (2005)
Telephone System: general assessment: international facilities are good
domestic: microwave radio relay network
international: country code – 597; satellite earth stations – 2 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)

Radio Broadcast Stations: AM 4, FM 13, shortwave 1 (1998)

Television Broadcast Stations: 3 (plus seven repeaters) (2000)

Internet County Code: .sr

Internet Hosts: 126 (2006)

Internet Users: 30,000 (2005)