Castries – Saint Lucia – 28 th April 2022 – The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications
Authority (ECTEL) has been the regional regulatory body advising the National
Telecommunications Regulatory Commissions (NTRCs) on electronic communications
matters in its five (5) Member States namely; the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St.
Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines since 4 th May 2000. In
simple terms, ECTEL works with the NTRCs to promote consumer rights and harmonised
benefits in the electronic communications sector in its Member States.
To celebrate its 22nd anniversary, ECTEL will be undertaking a few initiatives including the
posting of congratulatory messages on our social media platforms and an ECTEL Bytes
special on our Facebook page. Our feature event is the inaugural Anniversary Lecture on
Wednesday, May 4th from 5 p.m. (Eastern Caribbean Time) on the Government Information
Service – GIS Saint Lucia’s Facebook page and YouTube channel (@SaintLuciaGovernment)
as well as @ECTEL on Facebook.
The Lecture will be delivered by the inspiring and scholarly Dr. James Fletcher, Managing
Director of SOLORICON and Former Chairman of ECTEL’s Council of Ministers. Dr.
Fletcher will speak on the theme, “The Electronic Communications Bill: From
Liberalisation to Digital Transformation”. The theme is particularly timely and important as
the world moves towards using digital technologies to solve the many challenges brought on
by the pandemic.
Also, on hand to deliver opening remarks is the current Chairman of ECTEL’s Council of
Ministers and Senior Minister and Minister of Infrastructure, Ports, Transport, Physical
Development and Urban Renewal, in Saint Lucia, Honourable Stephenson King.
As the first regional telecommunications regulator in the world, ECTEL has accomplished
quite a few milestones over the years, such as ensuring affordable electronic communications
services by way of recommending price cap regulations, and the implementation of Mobile
Number Portability across all Member States which enables users to keep their current
telephone number when switching from one telecommunications service provider to another.
To learn more about ECTEL’s journey, our accomplishments and challenges, be sure to
participate in what promises to be a fruitful lecture on the Electronic Communications Bill
(also known as the EC Bill) and how its enforcement in ECTEL’s five Member States will
advance consumer empowerment and support a new legal and regulatory framework for the
electronic communications sector.
Follow us at www.ectel.int or @ectel on Facebook and YouTube and @ectelauthority on
Instagram and Twitter for more information about our work.