It is with great sadness that we announce that Donnie Fitzgerald Fedelis De Freitas, former Managing Director and Director of Technical Services at ECTEL, died suddenly on Friday 22nd May 2020 in Suva, Fiji, where he resided and worked.
Deepest condolences are extended to his wife, his family and friends, and colleagues, on behalf of the Council of Ministers, Board of Directors, Management and Staff of ECTEL and the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commissions (NTRCs).
Donnie was a proud national of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who made his mark during the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector in the ECTEL Member States of Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines from the late 1990s.
In his pioneering role as Project Manager of the World Bank OECS Telecommunications Reform Project, Donnie participated in negotiations between the governments and Cable & Wireless, which eventually resulted in the end of the existing monopoly of telecoms services. He played an instrumental role in the establishment of our unique multi-island regulatory authority – ECTEL.