Global Symposium for Regulators
Opening Press Conference
12:45 - 13:30, Tuseday 2 October
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Mr. Lalith Weeratunga
Chairman, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka
Ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you Dr. Touré, for your opening remarks and in particular your kind appreciative words about Sri Lanka’s initiatives to expand the ICT sector.
Thank you all for your kind presence here today for the Inauguration of the 2012 Global Symposium for Regulators and the Global Regulators and Industry Dialogue.
We are indeed grateful to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for having selected Sri Lanka as the venue of this very significant Global Symposium. It is also a very proud moment for the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka of which I am privileged to be the Chairman, to organise and stage this Conference in association with the ITU and play host to such a distinguished gathering from across the globe.
We have up to now registered delegates from nearly 100 countries and some more are expected to arrive today. The theme of the Symposium ‘Why regulate in a Networked Society? ’ offers scope for a wide ranging discussion of a variety of interesting and exciting topics which are clearly set out in the Programme. A little while ago we were privy to a very informative presentation followed by an absorbing panel discussion on the topic ‘Net Neutrality: To Regulate or Not to Regulate’.
I am certain that the three days of this Symposium will provide the representatives and heads of the global regulatory community and the stakeholders gathered here to make known and share their knowledge of practices, to join hands to take forward the impetus to establish guidelines for regulatory best practice, to ensure optimum use of broadband, encourage innovation with appropriate incentives and public policies, and endorse unbiased and equitable policies on the spread of digital technology.
We are indeed grateful to the ITU for having as Dr. Toure just mentioned in continuing to have a very proactive and productive working relationship with Sri Lanka through its Asia Pacific Regional Office and their Regulatory and Market Environment Division in Geneva, in respect to a number of important projects and activities already completed or ongoing.
The Government of Sri Lanka gives very high priority to placing Sri Lanka at the cutting edge of new technologies such as broadband mobile and the spread of digital technology throughout the length and breadth of the country particularly in the rural and remote areas, as we steer our country forward in line with our vision and goal of making Sri Lanka the ‘Wonder of Asia’ and the key regional digital hub.
Once again I thank you for your presence here today, and to the foreign guests I extend to you all a very warm welcome to Sri Lanka and trust that you will spare a little time after the Conference to see the wonderful natural and historic sites and take back with you happy memories of your visit to Sri Lanka.