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Saint Lucia Hosts Successful 97th Meeting of ECTEL’s Board of Directors

Saint Lucia Hosts Successful 97th Meeting of ECTEL’s Board of Directors

ECTEL Media Release

19th April 2024 - The 97th meeting of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) was held on April 17 to 18, 2024, in Saint Lucia. Some alternates, heads of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commissions (NTRCs), NTRC Commissioners and Observers attended virtually.

The Chairman of the Board, Mr. Philip Dalsou noted that the governance arrangement of ECTEL requires the Board of Directors to meet four times a year to be updated on the work of the regional telecommunications regulator. He went on to say, “The key items under discussion were the work plan, an update on the end of year financial reports of ECTEL and updates on some of the key projects.”

The Board of Directors ensures that the electronic communications sector remains properly regulated and that consumers and investors continue to benefit from an industry liberalised over two decades ago. According to ECTEL’s new Managing Director, Mr. David Cox, “The advent of ECTEL and regulations in the telecommunications market has led to significant drops in the prices of telecommunications services, it has led to incredible levels of investment.”

Mr. Cox said one of the key items on the agenda was the much-awaited Electronic Communications Bill, also known as the EC Bill, which is an update to the current Telecommunications Act. “With the enactment of this EC Bill we could see even higher levels of investment, higher levels of competition and even a greater contribution from the telecommunications sector and ICTs generally to the economies of the region,” noted Mr. Cox.

The EC Bill when enacted will allow the five (5) NTRCs which ECTEL advises, to better serve consumers and allow for more investments in the sector. It is the hope that the EC Bill will be enacted in the remaining ECTEL Contracting States within the next year or so. To date, two ECTEL Contracting States have passed the EC Bill: St. Kitts and Nevis on February 18, 2021, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which became the second state to do so on October 24, 2022. ECTEL’s five (5) Contracting States, are the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Managing Director, ECTEL

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Karetta Crooks Charles Communications and Media Relations Manager, ECTEL
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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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