Friday, January 16, 2009 – The ninth forum of National Telecommunications
Regulatory Commissions (NTRC) of the Eastern Caribbean States and ECTEL will be
held in Saint Lucia on 22 – 23 of January, 2009, at the Coco Palm Resort.
This forum is convened primarily to examine the legislation governing the
operations of the NTRCs and the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority
(ECTEL). Participants from Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia
and St. Vincent and the Grenadines will discuss the interim report of a
consultant on the “Review and Update of Telecommunications Legislation and
Treaty for the ECTEL Member States.
The review of the ECTEL regulatory model at this time have come about, among
other factors, due to new developments in the telecommunications sector
particularly technology convergence and increasing competition in all
The other topics for discussion at the Forum, are the final recommendation on
the cost model for the calculation of costs of telecommunications services, and
the institutional framework for the implementation of Universal Service in the
ECTEL Member States.
The NTRC/ECTEL Forum is a bi-annual meeting of the staff of ECTEL and the
commissioners and staff of NTRCs, where a wide range of issues pertinent to the
functioning of the sub-regional telecommunications regulatory authority are
examined and discussed.
ECTEL was established in 2000, and today remains the only multi-island
telecommunications regulator in the world. The participating countries are
Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the