From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

The telecom watchdog has given the go ahead to licensed international voice and data operators to access the SEA-MEendash WE 3 submarine cable.
Only Sri Lanka Telecom had access and control of the cable, which provides high bandwidth connectivity, as they were the only operator at the time to invest in a landing station.rn

rnTelecommunication Regulatory Commission says that other operators can now get capacity on the cable. Operators have also got the option of directly investing in a landing station.rn

rnTRC officials however say that this seems unlikely as using the existing station would be more cost effective.rn

rnTariffs have not yet been finalised for capacity. However the TRC has called for consultants to come up with the costing structure.rnrn