Excerpts from the address of President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the inauguration of the eAsia 2009 exhibition held at the BMICH on December 2.
In the 'Mahinda Chintana', my election manifesto, which received the endorsement of the people, we recognized the importance of rapidly creating an information society in Sri Lanka. We are now looking forward to transforming that information society to a knowledge culture in the decade to come.
In this context it is timely that an event of this magnitude is being hosted in Sri Lanka this year. It is even more fitting that this is the largest and the culminating event of 2009, which the government declared as the Year of English and IT. We are committed to bring English and IT, which were available only to a privileged few, to the rural citizens of our country. We are closer to achieving this aim since terrorism which destroyed the nation for three decades, has finally come to an end.
My government and I believe that any development activity that we embark upon should ultimately offer benefits to the ordinary citizens of our country. People, should be the final benefactors of all development projects. The National Policy based development activities that we have commenced, are firmly rooted on this premise and the e-development agenda is no exception.