“Every ICT enabled effort in Government’s National eDevelopment plan is a step forward towards national reconciliation”. This was stated by ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) CEO Reshan Dewapura recently (18).
Dewapura said so while participating at the National Conference on the Role of ICT in Reconciliation held at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) in Colombo.
During his address at the conference Dewapura cited several examples demonstrating the important “Role of ICT in Reconciliation with a specific focus on Bridging the Divide through ICT.”
Pointing out the great achievement reached by the Government led by His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa in laying down the very foundation of reconciliation Dewapura said on a positive note: “We are now able to reach all parts of our beautiful country; we are now able to reach all of our country’s communities. We can use ICT to accelerate this process, and take the true benefit of development to them.”
Language in ICT promoting reconciliation
Speaking further on the occasion the ICTA CEO also gave an overview of what ICTA initiated projects were doing island-wide to bring the benefits of ICT to the people. He pointed out that very same process had contributed to much for the promotion of reconciliation: “Almost 400 government organisations now have a web presence with websites of varying complexity, but what is common is that all of them are in three languages. That is not just a mere facilitation, but adherence to the ICT policy of the Government.