ITU Workshop To Focus On Dispute Resolution
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) workshop was held under the theme “Dispute Resolution & Competition Law in the Telecommunications Sector.”
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Honourable Ambrose George, Minister for Information, Telecommunications & Constituency Empowerment stated, there needs to be more unity as it relates to the Telecommunications Industry.
He said only when this is done, all stakeholders can mutually benefit from the liberalization process which started over a decade ago.
Mr. George pointed out that over the past 10 to 15 years, the telecommunications sector in the Caribbean has seen a fundamental shift in the structure from monopoly to competition, where state owned operators have been privatized and or the telecommunications market liberalized.
He went on to say, in order to ensure the benefits of liberalization and minimize or avoid conflicts and challenges, legislators, regulators and policy makers must continuously seek to introduce and enact new laws, measures and mechanisms to minimize disputes among operators, between regulators and operators and service providers and consumers.
Program Officer, at the ITU, Mr. Sylvester Cadette stated, the liberalization process and the ensuing transformation, have resulted in a qualitative change in the nature and complexity of the disputes that arise in the sector.
Mr. Sylvester added, the expeditious resolutions of disputes in the telecoms sector, is of a high priority on the agenda of policy and regulators as disputes can be very destructive.