Super Watchdog

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.

Draft legislature to set up the super regulator for the information and communication sectors is now up for discussion.
The bill will help form the Information and Communication Commission or Sri Lanka (ICCSL) and will be the present telecom regulators successor. rn

rnAdding more muscle to the new Commission a fresh set of legislature covering electronic broadcasting will also be in place. rn

rnThe industry will discuss both bills on July 21, before being presented for formal enactment.rn

rnThe new Commission will have a five member board, with a Director General heading operations.rn

rnThe ICCSL is expected to be more responsive to issues and take actions promptly while covering a wider area including internet, voice services and electronic broadcasting. rn

rnCompetition is a key area that has been covered extensively in the new bill, offering firms a level and fair playing field. rn

rnQuality of service and content are other issue that the Commission will cover extensively. rn