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OECS rejects own consumer protection body

Leaders at the just concluded 60th Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority meeting in Martinique have rejected a proposal for the establishment of the Eastern Caribbean Competition Commission, which would serve as the main consumer protection body for member states.

Instead, they have decided to use the existing CARICOM Competition Commission, based in Suriname.

The decision comes against the backdrop of a major push by telecommunications giant Cable and Wireless to buy out Columbus International; the parent Company of FLOW.

Telecommunications regulator ECTEL, has expressed concern that the deal could lead to a monopoly in a number of services in the sub-region, including cable TV and Internet.

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