ITU symposium focuses on Smart regulatory measures for broadband development

The11th ITU Global Symposium for Regulators opened in the
Colombian highland city of Armenia, otherwise known as Ciudad Milagro or ‘Miracle City’ for its rapid urban growth and development, rising from the rubble of the devastating earthquake of 1999 and a period of economic and
social adversity.


The gathering of the international ICT regulatory
community, policy makers and industry leaders is meeting for the first time in
the Americas. Cristhian Lizcano Ortíz, executive director of the Communications
Regulatory Commission of Colombia (CRC) was appointed Chairman of the Global
Symposium for Regulators.



The Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) aims at
fostering constructive exchange of information among national regulatory
authorities and is a unique forum to share regulatory best practices at the
global level.



The theme of the event is Smart Regulation for a
Broadband World”. During the week, GSR participants will focus their attention
on innovative regulatory measures needed to promote the roll out of broadband
and address the complexities and challenges of the broadband ecosystem.



The presence in our country of representatives from 192
Member States of ITU is a recognition of the efforts we have been doing in
Colombia for the technology that will reach all citizens and become an
effective tool to reduce poverty, create employment and achieve prosperity,”
said Diego Molano, minister of Information and Communication Technology of



The holding of GSR in Colombia is a major landmark for
the country and is recognition of its achievements in the regulatory field.
With enhanced use of ICTs, citizens can access the information society and the
global wealth of knowledge that fosters a new generation of social and economic
productivity,” said Lizcano Ortíz, chairman, GSR.



The Government of Colombia’s ‘Digital Life’ policy has
elevated Quindío as the most advanced in the country in the use of ICTs.
Quindío boasts 100 per cent mobile coverage along with Internet connectivity in
276 educational institutions in urban and rural areas. In addition,
accessibility for the disabled is accorded special attention.



GILF provides a neutral platform for ITU Sector Members
to share their views on major regulatory issues facing the ICT sector. In order
to foster a more dynamic and open-dialogue”, the GILF invited regulators and
policy makers to join the industry panels that focused on: The evolving
regulatory landscape, Innovation and entrepreneurship: New applications and
services driving future growth, Taxation and its impact on ICT growth and the
impact of social media on the regulatory environment.



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