2009 - Year of ICT and English
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has declared 2009 as the year of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and English.
In a further move of emphasizing the importance of the ICT and English language year, two task forces were also set up for carrying out the special tasks in the field of ICT and English language in view of the ICT and English Language Year.¬† The relevant task forces have been doing immense work though in relative silence.
While ICTA has by now made great strides in promoting ICT, it hopes to intensify its efforts even further in the ICT year.
In view of the declaration of 2009 as the year of ICT, the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) has taken steps to implement an extensive national programme to disseminate among the people awareness about ICT.
These awareness campaigns will be organised in such a way that it will become clear to the people how the benefits of information technology could be used to make their lives more comfortable.
ICTA has planned to launch these campaigns through newspapers, radio and television throughout the whole year. These will be simple and attractive to the target group, which is the general public.
The declaration of 2009 as the year of ICT and English is a great milestone in the Government‚Äôs long term plan to make people‚Äôs lives more comfortable by the use of ICT. By proper ICT development it is hoped that the Government will be able to earn revenue of two billion US dollars by 2012.
It is further hoped that job opportunities for over 100,000 youths will be made available in the information and communication sector as a result of development in the ICT sector.
Science and Technology Minister Tissa Vitharana in connection with presentation of the ICT Amendment¬† bill in September 2008 said¬† that, ‚Äúthe ICT Agency has laid a platform on which we can develop ICT and I am happy to mention here that His Excellency the President has declared the year 2009 as the ICT Year and the platform is ready for take off in this sector¬† so that our economy can profit by a large number of jobs being created‚ÄĚ.
ICT comes under eSri Lanka.¬† The eSri Lanka initiative uses ICT to develop the economy of Sri Lanka, reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of the people. It includes an integrated strategy that encompasses building information infrastructure, creating an enabling environment, developing ICT human resources, modernising the Government and leveraging ICT for economic and social development.¬† Thus eSri Lanka envisions harnessing of ICT as a lever for economic and social advancement by taking the dividends of ICT to every village, citizen and business and re-engineering the way the Government thinks and works.