CARICOM pledges to completely eliminate roaming charges


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The Prime Minister of Grenada, the Right Honorable Keith Mitchell, reiterated CARICOM’s commitment to achieving the complete elimination of roaming charges and establishing a harmonized regional regulatory framework.

Addressing a meeting of regulators and key stakeholders, hosted by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union on Thursday, the Prime Minister said: “This morning, I tell you without reservation that CARICOM Heads of Government have committed to moving this agenda forward. However, we also recognize our own obligation to address some of the concerns raised by operators regarding the complexity of the regional regulatory environment and its impact on operational costs and the ease of doing business.

Dr Mitchell acknowledged that there are other players in the market that do not operate at the size and scale of the dominant vendors, but need to be considered to ensure that national and regional markets remain dynamic and competitive.

The Prime Minister added: “The issue of a harmonized regional regulatory framework is one that deserves our urgent consideration.

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We have to pay attention to this. Rest assured that in my capacity as Principal Head of Science and Technology, including ICT, together with my fellow Heads of Government, I fully support and will provide the leadership necessary to move us forward.

He added: “We have always, in CARICOM, respected the sovereignty and diversity of each member state within the regional group.

This does not prevent us and should not prevent us from agreeing on practical, rational and reasonable approaches to the regulation of our key sectors, in order to make our markets more conducive to growth and investment, and to the promotion innovation in all sectors.

We have found and will continue to find ways to do this, in the best interests of our Caribbean people.

Mr. Mitchell acknowledged the help of key partners and stakeholders such as the International Telecommunication Union, which has undertaken a study of the regulatory environment.

Source: Grenada Government Information Service

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