Sri Lanka is now able to see, evaluate, appreciate and enjoy local contributions to ICT, thanks to the leadership of the President, says President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga.
Mr. Weeratunga said so while participating at the e-Swabhimani 2010 award presentation for best e-content developers held at Chinnamon Grand Colombo recently (09) under the patronage of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa as the Chief Guest.
Delivering his address as the guest of honour the President’s Secretary said that if the President had not eradicated terrorism and restored peace by his determination and wise guidance Sri Lankans would not be having the opportunity to recognise local talents and appreciate their contribution to ICT today even at an event like e-Swabhimani 2010.
Speaking further on the occasion Mr. Weeratunga said that e-Swabhimani 2010 was another instant where ideas in the Mahinda Chintana Vision for the Future’ were put into action. This was under the e-Sri Lanka initiative.
“The country is now reaping the benefits of the e-Sri Lanka initiative put on track in 2004 by President Mahinda Rajapaksa then as Prime Minister and revamped from 2005 as President”, the Presidential Secretary said. Relating e-Swabhimani 2010 to the President’s foresight the President’s Secretary stated: “The development of talents in e-content through e-Swabhimani 2010 testified to the value of the guidance given by the President for leading the country to win the war of socio-economic development”. Paying a tribute to Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who had graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, Mr. Weeratunga said that the country was fortunate that Minister Basil Rajapaksa was available to spearhead the support to the President in reaching development benchmarked by a number of achievements including 75% ICT literacy by 2016.