ITSO Director General Promotes Satellite Technology in Sri Lanka

On Tuesday the 21 September 2004, in Colombo the Director General met with H.E.M. Tilak Ranaviraja, Secretary for Public Security, Law and Order of Sri Lanka.

Washington, D.C., 23 September 2004 - Ahmed Toumi, the Director General of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO), visited Sri Lanka on 20-22 September 2004. During his visit, Toumi met with the Honorable Mahinda Rajapakse, the Sri Lanka Prime Minister, and joined him in the opening session of the 44th Council Meeting of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Union.

During his visit, Toumi had the opportunity to meet with the Honorable W.J.S Karunarathna, the Secretary to the President; the Honorable D.M. Jayarathna, Minister of Post, Telecommunication & Uradata Development; the Honorable Tissa Vitarana, Minister of Science and Technology; the Honorable A.H.M Fowzie, Minister of Environment & Natural Resources; the Honorable John Seneviratne, Minister of Justice and Judicial Reform; and the Honorable Tilak Ranaviraja, the Secretary for Public Security, Law and Order. During these meetings, the main theses of discussion were the role of ITSO, the status of the cooperation between ITSO and Sri Lanka and the means of reinforcing this cooperation. Other topics included the role that satellite technology may play in the implementation of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) strategy of the Sri Lankan government. Sri Lanka has just launched an ambitious program aimed at expanding its telecommunications infrastructure to rural areas and implementing an e-inclusion strategy.

The Sri Lankan authorities renewed their political support to ITSO and the Organizations Goals and Objectives, and they encouraged the Director General to pursue his efforts for a timely implementation of the Global Broadband Satellite Infrastructure Initiative.

The Director General also had the opportunity to visit Sri Lankas Parliament and meet the Honorable Gitanjana Gunawardena, the Deputy-Speaker.

Sri Lanka joined ITSO in February 1965, just a few months after its creation in 1964. Through Sri Lanka Telecom, it owns a substantial part of the privatized Intelsat, Ltd. company and uses transmission capacity from three new generation high-powered satellites in the Indian Ocean Region for providing telephony, data and Internet services inside, to and from Sri Lanka.

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