ECTEL hits the road to promote new bill


Castries, Saint Lucia – 15 March 2017: The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority’s (ECTEL’s) legal and regulatory team will continue its series of roadshows in Member States this week. The road shows are designed to further elaborate on the new suite of legislation that has been developed by ECTEL.

The Electronic Communications (EC) Bill and accompanying regulations for the management of the electronic communications sector will replace the Telecommunications Act when promulgated.

This week, ECTEL will continue to host roadshows to promote the EC Bill in Member States with one such event in St. Kitts and Nevis on Friday, March 17 and Saturday March 18. ECTEL’s legal and regulatory team will meet with Cabinet Ministers and Legislators, service providers and civil society organisations including consumer groups and private sector agencies, to familiarise them with the new draft EC Bill and accompanying regulations. The new Regulations address issues such as access to cable landing stations, consumer protection, retail pricing, wholesale access and
guidelines on market access and assessment of significant market power.

The roadshow will provide opportunities for the ECTEL Team to elaborate on the details of the main provisions of the Bill and accompanying regulations and for the regulator to understand the key elements and concerns from stakeholders and service providers.
The ECTEL team comprises the Managing Director Embert Charles, Director of Economics and Finance Cheryl Hector and General Counsel Deborah Bowers. Similar sessions have already been held in Grenada. The team will hold its next road show in Saint Lucia, followed by one in Dominica.