COLOMBO, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka on Tuesday urged telecommunications regulators from around the world to prevent technology from being used to sow hated.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the regulators must examine how to avoid the advances of instant communication being the source and cause of violence against faiths, cultures and traditions that need respect and protection.
He was speaking at the opening of Global Symposium for Regulators, which has earned a reputation as the pre-eminent global gathering of the regulatory and policy-making community in the world.
Over 500 high-level international delegates from information and communication technology (ICT) policy-making bodies around the world are in Colombo this week to debate how to create the appropriate market conditions for the rapid proliferation of broadband networks across a range of different market types.
Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka has set in motion a plan to develop a policy and regulatory framework for Next Generation Network or NGN and to have a National Broadband Policy before the end of this year.
"We see how mobile communications can bring revolutionary changes to the lives of people in new life skills, new employment opportunities, and new links to markets in one's country and abroad. It can bring new educational opportunities, expand health and healing services, have a positive impact on sustainable development, increase production in agriculture, and expand the market potential of small industry," he said.
Through the Global Regulators-Industry Dialogue program, a new component of the event for 2012, public and private sector participants will together debate the challenges of meeting new national broadband goals, promoting affordable access and ensuring safe and secure digital opportunities for all.
Dr. Hamadoun I. Tour, Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), said that the event ion Colombo focuses on the critical role of regulators worldwide in facilitating the rapid roll-out of broadband, particularly in low- income countries where high-speed networks can serve as effective conduits for essential public services.