Belize will next month host over 50 delegates from the Caribbean, US, UK and Africa at the 11th Annual International Conference, being organized by The Organization of Caribbean Utilities Regulators (OOCUR).
The conference, which will focus on “Challenges to Regulatory Power in Borderless Societies,” is slated to be held at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City from November 6-8, 2013.
Presentations at the OOCUR Conference 2013 will touch on topics such as the possible effects of radiation on a community from cell sites; market reform: Do regulated state-owned enterprises compromise regulator’s values; the impact of system losses on consumers and on the national economy; and managing the regulatory process: working with the news media to get the message across.
A statement from PUC (Belize) says, “The conference is one of several activities that are expected to accomplish OOCUR’s objective to assist in the improvement of utility regulation, to foster transparent and stable utility regulation through autonomous and independent regulators in member countries, to undertake research, training & development, to facilitate understanding of regulation issues and sharing of information and experience.”
Belize is one of OOCUR’s 12 full members, and PUC chairman John Avery sits on its executive council.
The PUC’s of Anguilla, Belize and Guyana; the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) of The Bahamas; the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) of Barbados; the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) of the British Virgin Islands; the Independent Regulatory Commission (IRC) of Dominica; the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) of Jamaica; and the TCI Telecommunications Commission of the Turks and Caicos Islands are among the regional entities which are members of OOCUR.