Drive for the economic growth of Sri Lanka lies with the augmentation and development of the Information communication Sector. Thereby recognizing the e-content developers of the country and forming a platform for them to reach for higher aspirations in the global market is the key to realizing the goal of achieving economic development of the country.
Celebrating Sri Lanka’s first ever e-content awards, ‘e-Swabhimani 2009,’ World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka Naoko Ishii stated that to become a player in the global arena it is important that Information communication technology is developed to its maximum potential.
“Information technology plays a vital role in linking the private and public sectors which is imperative in developing a country. It also gains access to the international world linking the local and the world markets causing a higher growth in the sector.”
To create a dynamic knowledge base is therefore of great importance. It would create adequacy and sustainable content which is fundamental in increasing the quality of content and applications.
Improving the skills and services of all e-developers regardless of the geological barriers is therefore step one in information communication sector growth, Minister of Science and Technology, Tissa Vitharana acknowledged. Islandwide access to information communication technology has been hindered due to inadequate infrastrucre and lack of content.
“We are still far behind when compared to other best manufacturers in the world, but we can reach equal levels and improve the quality and standard of our products through innovation and creativeness,” he said.
Developing this sector would facilitate increasing employment opportunities to the youth of the country and increase the literacy rate of Sri Lanka at double the speed of its current growth, alleged Minister Vitharana.
“Developing the e-society and content development is the key to future growth.”
e-Swabhimani 2009 award presentation held last Friday saw 27 e-developers receiving awards out of the 137 nominated. The panel of judges for this event consisted of both local and international personals.
By Cheranka Mendis