Take advantage of technological progress while protecting Asian values - M.M. Zuhair, P.C.

"The West has made giant strides in the fields of science and technology. We in the SAARC region need to take advantage of this progress. We in Asia are also inheritors of centuries of rich Asian culture and traditions. It is therefore vital that while we embrace technological advancement we also ensure that our rich heritage, culture and traditions are not broken down. Asian culture has enriched and strengthened the family as a vital base of social cohesion and economic security. Technological penetration particularly in telecommunications and broadcasting must be encouraged while ensuring adequate protective mechanisms for our time tested values" said Mr. M.M. Zuhair, PC, Director – General, TRCSL in his opening speech delivered at the South Asian Telecommunication Regulators’ Council (SATRC) Working Group Meeting on Spectrum that was held on 27-28 May 2015 in Colombo. The event was organized by the Asia - Pacific Telecommunity (APT) and hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL).

Mr. Zuhair speaking further called on the delegates present to even consider going beyond strictly technical issues in their deliberations and look at the development of technology from both sociological and economic aspects and urged the SATRC Council to address them.

"We are all neighbours from the SAARC region and drawn from essentially closely interconnected communities in the immediate neighbourhood’ said Mr. Zuhair in welcoming representatives from the nine South Asian countries that constitute SATRC namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with observers from Malaysia, China and several other countries.

"The advancement of telecommunication as an industry impinges on almost every citizen and almost every aspect of our lives. In Sri Lanka mobile technology enjoys more than 100% penetration. For a population of 21 million we have over 22 million phones in the hands of our people, and this is true of so many other countries as well" Mr. Zuhair said.

This meeting was a part of the activities under SATRC Action Plan Phase V which was adopted by the 15th Meeting of the SATRC in Paro, Bhutan in 2014.

Earlier on Mr. Mohan Jayasekera, Director, Policy & International Relations Division, TRCSL welcomed the delegates.

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