Nº 10 2012 > Global Symposium for Regulators | Special report
Why regulate in a networked society?
Opening the Global Symposium for Regulators, Sri Lanka’s President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, expressed his pleasure at hosting the event in a country where information and communication technologies (ICT) have played an important part in the peace process. He noted that ICT can help develop sectors such as education, health, media, agriculture and industry. With more than 20 million fixed and mobile phone users, reaching more than 100 per-cent penetration, and with 750 telecentres, largely in rural areas, Sri Lanka is making good progress in the adoption of ICT. The country aimed to have a national broadband policy and plan by the end of 2012.
ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, said that GSR‑12’s theme “Why regulate in a networked society?” prefigured some of the topics to be debated by the World Conference on International Telecommunications (Dubai, 3–14 December 2012). Dr Touré emphasized that ITU’s mandate is to accelerate deployment of broadband to ensure that more people are connected. The ultimate goal of the United Nations and ITU is to put information and ICT in the hands of the people of the world, including persons with disabilities, at affordable prices.