Sri Lanka was selected as a vice chair of the UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) Information and Communication Technology Committee last week.
The bearer of this great honour for Sri Lanka is the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) CEO Reshan Dewapura. Dewapura was unanimously selected by ESCAP as one of the two vice chairs of its ICT Committee.
Dewapura’s selection for the next two years occurred at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok. The unanimous election is significant in view of the aspiration for the position by several high-calibre countries.
Speaking about the appointment, ICTA CEO said that being called up to serve in the committee was not an honour bestowed him personally but on the country.
Commenting on the election for the prestigious post ICTA Chairman Professor P. W. Epasinge said: ”This UNESCAP ICT committee to which ICTA CEO has been elected as Vice Chair is the same committee that was chaired two terms by Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga.. This says much about the importance of this post. The selection is a corroboration of the noteworthy strides Sri Lanka has made in ICT. It is a tribute to the country in terms of ICT development, among all member countries as well as the observers like EU”.