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After two days of intense deliberations, the Africa – Asia Regulatory Conference successfully ended today with regulators from Africa and Asia, representing 20 countries, agreeing to continue to consult with each other with a view to harmonise their responses to emerging regulatory challenges. Organised jointly by the Telecommunications.......

After two days of intense deliberations, the Africa – Asia Regulatory Conference successfully ended today with regulators from Africa and Asia, representing 20 countries, agreeing to continue to consult with each other with a view to harmonise their responses to emerging regulatory challenges.

Organised jointly by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, the conference aimed to promote consultations amongst regulators of Africa and Asia, under CTO’s umbrella, in order to learn from each other’s experiences. Taking a different path to usual conference format, the programme consisted of a limited number of presentations by selected experts on a range of key topics including Spectrum Management, Next Generation Networks (NGN), Mobile Broadband, Cyber Security and IPv6, followed by in-depth examinations of issues through discussions. Encouragingly the delegates were able to identify numerous opportunities presented by the emerging trends that will help them manage the development of the ICT sectors of their respective countries.

Delivering the keynote address during the opening of the conference, Hon. Dr.Sarath Amunugama, Senior Minister for International Monetary Co-operation, alluded to the exponential growth of ICTs throughout the world and referred to the ways in which the individual strengths of the public sector and the private sector should be harnessed to broad base the benefits of modern day ICTs. Further developing these thoughts, the Chief Executive Officer of the CTO, Prof Tim Unwin explored the many facets of inclusion in ICTs and challenged regulators to develop frameworks that explicitly address wider dimensions of inclusion. Speaking at the conclusion of the event Prof Unwin said that “the CTO considers assisting regulators to surmount challenges generated by the continuous innovations of the ICT sector as one of its most important duties. Through our activities in capacity development, research, consultancy and conferences, the CTO constantly seeks to broaden the horizons of our members and to guide them towards the best paths. It was CTO’s privilege to be associated with this unique event and we hope that it will set a precedent for future similar gatherings. The CTO is organising two more events in the near future: the 6th Connecting Rural Communities Africa Forum to be held in Sierra Leone in June and the Broadband for Pacific conference to be held in Fiji in July in partnership with the ITU and a number of regional organisations.”

Speaking both as the host of the event and the Chairman of the CTO, Mr Anusha Palpita, the Director General of Telecommunications of Sri Lanka said “It was our honour to host such a unique gathering of regulators from across continents. One can hardly find a more homogenous group of public servants than the ICT regulators, which presents us with an unique opportunity to support each other in our common endeavour of bringing the fruits of the ICT revolution within the reach of all. I hope the seeds we have planted today will bear fruit in the near future in the form of real and felt benefits by the people whom we are mandated to serve.”

Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation:

With a history dating back to 1901, the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) is an international development partnership between the Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth governments, businesses and civil society organisations. The CTO provides the international community with effective means to help bridge the digital divide and achieve social and economic development, by delivering to developing countries unique knowledge-sharing programmes in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
For more information, visit www.cto.int

Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka:

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) is the national regulatory agency for telecommunications in Sri Lanka. Their objective is to ensure the provision of a reliable and efficient, national and international telecommunication services in Sri Lanka. TRCSL promotes sustained development in the telecommunication industry by shaping the regulatory process, protecting public interest and being responsive to challenges in an increasingly competitive market. TRCSL ensures that competition in the market is open, fair and effective.

For further information, visit www.trc.gov.lk.

(Sinhala)

 

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Unique Regulatory consultation to be held in Colombo to examine issues beyond the horizon

The first ever Africa – Asia Regulatory Conference will be held at the Hotel Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo, Sri Lanka on the 14th and 15th February 2012. Organised jointly by the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) and the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), the Conference will facilitate consultations between CTO members in Asia and Africa on critical emerging regulatory issues, including the Spectrum Management, Next Generation Networks (NGN), Mobile Broadband, Cyber Security and IPv6. These issues provide both challenges as well as new opportunities to regulators and the operators. In view of the similarities in socio-economic development of the African and Asian members of the CTO, the Conference is expected to arrive at consensual outcomes that would define common approaches to meet the regulatory challenges and in turn ensure that the potentials of these new developments are harnessed for the benefit of the peoples of Africa and Asia. With a view to producing agreement on common approaches, the event will foster discussions and consultations set against the context of a number of addresses on specially selected topics by eminent speakers. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has extended its support to this pivotal event through its association with the TRCSL. Dr.Sarath Amunugama (M.P.), Senior Minister of International Monetary Co-operation will be the Chief Guest and deliver the Keynote Address at the Conference.

19 Commonwealth countries will be represented at the Conference. They are as follows: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom. The number of foreign delegates expected to take part in the Conference is around 50.

Sri Lanka currently holds the Chairmanship of the CTO having been elected to that position at the 50th anniversary of the CTO held in Colombo in September 2010 and re-elected in 2011. Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the H E the President Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse, and Chairman of the TRCSL, acted as the Chairman of the CTO on behalf of Sri Lanka and chaired the 50th Council meeting of the CTO held in Colombo in 2010.

Speaking on the event and the anticipated outcomes, Mr Anusha Palpita, the Director - General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, who also is the current Chairman of the CTO said “Sri Lanka understands that learning is a two-way process. While we are pleased to share with our partners in the CTO, knowledge and expertise domiciled in the country, we are also willing to learn from them. In the connected world of ICTs, the process of partnerships and sharing, will spell the difference between success and failure, in serving our people in our respective countries..”

“I congratulate the TRCSL for taking the lead in organising this important event to promote consultations between CTO’s constituencies in Africa and Asia. The CTO looks forward to disseminating the outcomes of the conference through its diverse avenues, which I am sure will pave the way for cross-continental harmonisation of activities in the emerging fields that form the focus of this event. Regulatory issues not only form part of our core mandate, but they are an essential issue in ensuring that the opportunities provided by ICTs are made available to all” said the Chief Executive Officer of the CTO, Professor Tim Unwin.

Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation:

With a history dating back to 1901, the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) is an international development partnership between the Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth governments, businesses and civil society organisations. The CTO provides the international community with effective means to help bridge the digital divide and achieve social and economic development, by delivering to developing countries unique knowledge-sharing programmes in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka:

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) is the national regulatory agency for telecommunications in Sri Lanka. Their objective is to ensure the provision of a reliable and efficient, national and international telecommunication services in Sri Lanka. TRCSL promotes sustained development in the telecommunication industry by shaping the regulatory process, protecting public interest and being responsive to challenges in an increasingly competitive market. TRCSL ensures that competition in the market is open, fair and effective.