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Sri Lanka to host ITU Global Symposium for Regulators

Why regulate in a networked society?


Geneva, 12 July 2012 – ITU’s annual Global Symposium for Regulators, set to meet in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 2-4 October 2012, will look in-depth at the challenge of meeting new national broadband goals, promoting affordable access and ensuring safe and secure digital opportunities for all.

The meeting, which has earned a reputation as the pre-eminent global gathering of the information and communication technology (ICT) regulatory and policy-making community, is designed to foster cross-stakeholder dialogue between regulators, policy makers, industry leaders and other key ICT stakeholders.

Participants will engage in stimulating discussions on a wide range of compelling issues, including net neutrality, spectrum policy, international roaming, cloud computing, data protection and privacy, international and regional IP interconnection, and public-private-partnerships to foster network investment.

The event is being organized by ITU in collaboration with the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), under the high Patronage of Sri Lankan President H.E. Mahinda Rajapakksa, who will preside over the opening on Monday 2 October. It will be chaired by TRCSL Chairman Lalith Weeratunga.

This year’s programme begins with an interactive High-Level Segment focusing on transnational regulatory issues in a converged digital era. The first two days of the symposium comprise the Global Regulators-Industry Dialogue (GRID, 2-3 October), and are open to regulators, policy makers and members of ITU’s Development Sector. The third day (4 October) is a closed session open to regulators and policy makers only. The morning session on Monday 2 October is open to media, culminating in a press conference scheduled to take place at 12:45.

Journalists are encouraged to accredit online now to attend this prestigious event. Formal accreditation prior to the event is essential to gain access to the event venue. Please note that accreditation will close on Friday 21 September and that there will be no accreditation onsite.



Global Symposium for Regulators
Global Regulators-Industry Dialogue


2-4 October 2012. Open to media on 2 October until 13:30.

Press conference: Monday 2 October 12:45 - 13:15

Remote participation for accredited media via Adobe Connect


Colombo, Sri Lanka: Hilton Colombo Hotel



Why Regulate in a Networked Society?

The GSR will see regulatory agency leaders and top government policy makers from around the world debate the challenges and opportunities of implementing national broadband strategies while promoting digital inclusion and protecting online safety.



Leaders from the regulatory community, industry bodies and the private sector, including ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré, the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau Brahima Sanou, and the Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau, François Rancy.

The GSR will be chaired by Lalith Weeratunga, Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL).

Media Information

Accreditation is essential for media and industry analysts to participate onsite. Accreditation closes 21 September. Accredit here.

Follow the event on Twitter at: #GSR12.

For more information, please visit www.itu.int/GSR12 or contact:

Sarah Parkes
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
tel +41 22 730 6135
email sarah.parkes@itu.int 

Media accreditation enquiries:

Soraya Abino Quintana
tel +41 22 730 5424
email pressreg@itu.int  

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twitter www.itu.int/twitter hashtag: #GSR12


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