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Small Nations Regulators’ Forum

Now in its fourth year, the Small Nations Regulators’ Forum was originally created as a result of an invitation-only IIC meeting supported by OfReg, the multisector regulatory authority of the Cayman Islands.  It has proven to be popular and membership has grown and now forms part of the International Regulators’ Forum held each year as part of the Communications Policy and Regulation Week. This meeting, held under the Chatham House Rule, looks at the particular challenges facing small nations, with an emphasis on issues of connectivity.

What is a Small Nation?

A small nation is a country whose population is less than 0.1% of the world population – currently approximately 7.7 billion across 195 countries.

Annual SNRF Meeting

SNRF members meet annually at an exclusive forum which takes place during Communications Policy and Regulation Week (CPRW) held in a different location each year. This meeting focuses on the particular opportunities and constraints in media and communications regulation in small nations, and the sharing of experiences and ideas as to best practice.

Additional benefits for SNRF Members

SNRF membership fee is waived for qualifying organisations where members are entitled to the same IIC Regulator Membership benefits.

If you are already an IIC Regulator Member and fulfil the criteria for a “Small Nation”, you will be eligible to join as an SNRF member.


"We were delighted to have hosted the first 'formal' meeting of this important forum and look forward to playing an active part in its development" Alee Fa'amoe, OfReg, The Cayman Islands
"I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every session of the IRF and the SNRF meeting. The themes, speakers and discussion have been superb" Dr Kim Mallalieu, Deputy Chair, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)

2019 London

The Cost of Regulation in a Small Nation

The matters raised previously continue to be an issue for the SNRF and were discussed at the 2019 meeting in London which was supported by Gibraltar Regulatory Authority
Reports and discussion papers are available to members of the Forum.

2018 Mexico City

How Can the Retention of Domestic Revenue Be Improved in a Converged Environment?

The following year, the Broadcasting Commission Jamaica (BCJ) chaired the Forum and hosted the first online meeting which looked at the emerging threats to democracy and social stability in small nation-states, and included a discussion of fake news, political manipulation, and criminal and terrorist use of social media.

2017 Brussels

Internet Connectivity and Net Neutrality in Island Nations

The inaugural meeting of the Small Nations Regulators’ Forum was held in 2017 in Brussels under the chairmanship of OfReg, the multisector regulatory authority of the Cayman Islands. At that meeting the particular challenges facing small nations, especially in terms of connectivity and accessibility were discussed.




The IIC Forum for Small Nations focuses on the particular opportunities and constraints in media and communications regulation in countries with small populations and or small economies. As with other IIC Fora, meetings take place under the Chatham House Rule.

Need more info?

Please get in touch with the team if you would like any more information about membership.

+44 (0)20 8544 8076
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