Minister Responsible for Telecommunications:
THE HON. SAMUEL HINDS
Minister for Public Works, Communications & Regional Development
Permanent Secretary: MR. BALRHA BALRAM
Telecommunications Officer:
MR. VALMIKI SINGH
Managing Director, National Frequency Management Union
Contact Information:
National Frequency Management Union
68 Hadfield Street
D’Urban Park
Georgetown

Population: 767,245 (July 2006 est.)

Economy Overview

The Guyanese economy exhibited moderate economic growth in 2001-02, based on expansion in the agricultural and mining sectors, a more favorable atmosphere for business initiatives, a more realistic exchange rate, fairly low inflation, and the continued support of international organizations. Growth slowed in 2003 and came back gradually in 2004, buoyed largely by increased export earnings; it slowed again in 2005. Chronic problems include a shortage of skilled labor and a deficient infrastructure. The government is juggling a sizable external debt against the urgent need for expanded public investment. The bauxite mining sector should benefit in the near term from restructuring and partial privatization. Export earnings from agriculture and mining have fallen sharply, while the import bill has risen, driven by higher energy prices. Guyana’s entrance into the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) in January 2006 might broaden the country’s export market, primarily in the raw materials sector.

GDP Per Capita: 4,500 (2005)

Communications

Telephone Main Lines in Use: 110,100 (2005)

Telephone Mobile Cellular: 281,400 (2005)

Telephone System: general assessment: fair system for long-distance service
domestic: microwave radio relay network for trunk lines
international: country code – 592; tropospheric scatter to Trinidad; satellite earth station – 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)

Radio Broadcast Stations: AM 3, FM 3, shortwave 1 (1998)

Television Broadcast Stations: 3 (one public station; two private stations which relay US satellite services) (1997)

Internet Country Code: .gy

Internet Hosts: 1,046 (2006)

Internet Users: 160,000 (2005)