Make decisions which benefit the people without fear or favour — TRCSL Chairman


Chairman Zuhair

The Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, M. M. Zuhair, PC urged decision-makers in the telecommunications sector to exercise the responsibility and trust placed on them with the greatest care, as their decisions impact on the lives of every citizen of the country.

He advised them to be innovative and take correct decisions without fear or favour, particularly if they felt convinced their actions will benefit the people and the state as a whole.

The DG made these observations during an event organized by the TRCSL to mark World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) – 2015.

He pointed out that the event also coincided with the 150th anniversary of the International Telecommunication Union.

Highlighting the extent telecommunication modes have spread in the country, Zuhair said "if you count the telecommunications apparatus that are in use in Sri Lanka, there are 22 million such devices for a population of 21 million".

While noting that the authority which regulates this important sector in Sri Lanka is the TRCSL he added "What you and I do, what you and I decide, what you and I together as a family entity decide to implement, impacts on the lives of every citizen. Therefore, we need to exercise greatest care when making decisions’.

He also told decision-makers not to fall prey to undue pressures exerted by powerful entities.

The Chairman urged the staff to improve their international language skills and to make use of the opportunities which come their way and to enhance knowledge and improve capacity. Their service endeavors will be fully supported by the TRCSL.

While noting that communications have improved exponentially around the globe, Zuhair said that by being a member of the ITU, Sri Lanka has been able to tap latest technological innovations in the field at a nominal expenditure, which if obtained from business entities could have cost the country a fabulous sum.

The event included several video presentations on the latest innovations in the field.

The ITU plays a significant role in moulding technology to suit and benefit the lives of citizens around the globe.

The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

May 17 marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union. The theme of WTISD 2015 is "Telecommunications and ICTs: Drivers of innovation".

Earlier, Mohan Jayasekera, Director, Policy and International Relation Division welcomed the participants.


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