The Information Technology Landscape of 
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
About SVG
Privatization and Deregulation
Hardware Manufacturing
Internet and ECommerce
Software Development
IT Usage
IT Geographics
IT Labor Market
Government Policies
Y2K in SVG
Legal Environment
Analysis: IT Strengths and Weaknesses
Analysis:  Impacts on the Business
Sources and Links
About the Author
Admiralty Bay, Bequia
      Picturesque St. Vincent & the Grenadines(SVG), a necklace of 32 islands and cays in the Eastern Caribbean, lie at approxiamtely 1600 miles southeast of Miami.  Situated between St. Lucia in the north, Grenada in the south, and Barbados in the east,  SVG forms part of the Winward Islands in the West Indies.  St. Vincent is the largest of the  islands that comprise the nation, covering roughly 150 square miles.  The Grenadines extend 45 miles to the southwest.  The major islands, north to south, are Young Isalnd, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent. SVG encompasess an area that is approximately twice the size of Washington, DC.
     One of the great attractions of SVG is its fascinating cultural mix.  A unique blend of English traditions and African heritage combine with French, Creole, Portuguese and West Indian influences to creat a lifestyle that is distinctly "Vincentian". 
     St Vincent and the Grenadines is rated as a lower-middle income country, with a relatively undeveloped  economy but providing a relatively high quality of life. Its economy is vulnerable as the economic base is very small, and is heavily dependent on agriculture. Economic growth fluctuates with agricultural output and prices on world markets (especially for the main export crop, bananas). The governments is keenly aware of the economy’s economic vulnerability, and thus is a strong supporter of  Caribbean integration, particularly Eastern Caribbean integration. 
     This report focuses on the information technology (IT) landscape of SVG.  In the Eastern Caribbean, significant  IT investment and revenue growth is presently taking place.  IT has been targeted as an enabler for the advancement and globalization of these small island economies.  This report looks to outline the existing infrastructure in SVG, as well opportunities for development in this area,  in support of broad-based economic growth and social development. 
     Wherever possible, comparisons will be made with other Caribbean islands with which SVG is affiliated (see Regional Affiliations).   Most often, these comparisons will be made with SVG's Windward Island neighbors, Dominica, Grenada, and St. Lucia, whose own island economies are quite similar to St. Vincent.  An analysis of the business implications of the findings will also be provided.   Below is a map of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as a map of the Leeward and Winward islands to serve as a point of geographical reference when comparisons are made.
                 St. Vincent and the Grenadines                Leeward and Winward Islands

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  This page was created for an MBA class at American University, Impacts of 
   National Information Technology Environments on Business
taught by Dr. Erran Carmel.

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Last update: January 29, 2000
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