Minister Responsible for Telecommunications:
Her. Excellency Alice Hortencia Amafo
Minister – Ministry of Transport Communication & Tourism
Permanent Secretary: MS. MERLENE HARRIS

Population: 39,117 (July 2006 est.)

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)