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Contact: John Emmanuel

Wednesday, June 05, 2002 – The successful liberalization of the OECS telecommunications sector should be viewed in relation to the potential development of the services and information sectors within the sub-region. This is according to Chairman of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas.

According to Dr. Douglas who was on island for the formal opening of the ECTEL Headquarters on Monday, June 3, 2002, substantial benefits will accrue to the people of the sub-region with the opening up of the telecommunications market. He said the celebrations should however begin when the sectors start to attract new national and international players.

Prime Minister Douglas made the point that “the new telecommunications environment presents a great opportunity for OECS nationals to get onboard, not just as users of the services but also as providers of telecommunications products and services.” He noted that in his country of St. Kitts and Nevis for example, “we were very pleased recently to grant telecommunications licenses to two local companies. We see this as part of the empowerment process among our own people and the start of many positive things to come through the enhancement of open, free and fair competition within the sector in the sub-region.”

Dr. Douglas said that the creation of ECTEL was a logical progression in the liberalization process. He declared that the work of ECTEL had just begun as it tries to ensure that the environment remains competitive, fair and open.


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