2020 – 2001

New Leadership for ICTA

In line with his vision for a Sri Lanka driven by technology, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed a tech-studded board for the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), featuring industry leaders, technology entrepreneurs, academics, and public sector technologists, to steer digital Sri Lanka.

Steering the board as Chairman is Jayantha De Silva, Co-Founder of IFS Sri Lanka, the country’s first FDI-funded technology company. With over 35 years of experience in the industry, he is a Past Chairman of SLASSCOM, BCS Sri Lanka and the Software Exporters’ Association of Sri Lanka, and Past Board Member of ICTA and UCSC.

The other board appointments included industry leader, former SLASSCOM Chairman and 99X Technology CEO Mano Sekaram; technology and open source evangelist, and founder of WSO2 Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana; Prof. Lalith Gamage, CEO of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT), one of the country’s most successful public-private partnerships; former ICTA CEO Reshan Dewapura; SAP India Country Sales Manager Manori Unambuwe, former Digital Secretary and ICTA Program Director Wasantha Deshapriya.Mr. Vimukthi Janadara, Director General, Department of Information Technology Management, represents Ministry of Finance in the Board.

The Board came into effect from 18 December 2019 and will work towards digitally transforming Sri Lanka.


ICTA made permanent entity of Government!

Sunset Clause of ICTA was removed and ICTA became a permanent entity. Mandate strengthened by the ICT Amendment Act 33 of 2008.

 ICTA establishes Lanka Government Information Infrastructure (LGII)

This is to manage the Connectivity services across all the government organizations which was connected by a private network called Lanka Government Network (LGN).

SLCERT established for the Information Security of Sri Lanka to be ensured

The Information Security Working Group (consists of Private Sector, Government Sector, Academia and Security Experts) which was established in January 2004 identified the necessity for the Creation, maintenance and dissemination of our ICT security body of knowledge (best practices, standards, procedures and threats) for Sri Lanka, including the setting up of a CERT center; Public Key infrastructure; Development of ICT security professionals in Sri Lanka; Awareness and training; Privacy issues.

Consequently ICTA set up the Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team | Coordination Center (SLCERT|CC)]) to proactively protect the information infrastructure of Sri Lanka.

2nd wave of Leadership took over the eSri Lanka and ICTA

Board Members: Fdfd, Mr. Llyod Fernando, Prof. Epasinghe (Chairman), Mr. R.B. Ekanayake, Mr. Ravi Senanayake, Mr. Vijaykumar

Chief Executive Officer: Mr. Reshan Dewapura.

Six Program Strategy

After the implementation of the pilot projects, a six program strategy was defined. It encompassed the programs Information Infrastructure; ICT Policy, Leadership and Institutional Development; Re-engineering Government; ICT Human Resource Development; ICT Investment and Private Sector Development and the eSociety program.

eSriLanka funding made available from World Bank

Hypothesis tested based on some selected pilot projects such as eMoney Order, Empowering workforce with ICT skills, National Operations Room, Distance and e-Learning, Internally Displaced Persons Registry, Vishwa Gnana Kendraya (VGK), SME portal, Govi Gnana System, ePaliament, eOffice of the President, Legal Draftman’s website.

World Bank sanctions eSriLanka project

Signing of Credit Agreement between GoSL and IDA (Dec 2004), with USD 53m;

e-Sri Lanka Development Project initiated

eSri Lanka Project successfully appraised in Feb 2004.

ICT Agency (ICTA) starts operations

As a Company, fully owned by the Government of Sri Lanka. Becomes Operational and Vested with powers under ICT Act No.27 of 2003 with the Vision

ICTA Operates with principles
* Stay small and dynamic
* Adopt Project Management methodology
* Stakeholder led and owned (focus groups)
* Implement through partnerships (private, public and civil society) with program structure

A Nations Plan to Empower its People through ICT – eSri Lanka!

The shared stakeholders’ s belief, resulted in a shared vision for eSri Lanka. An ICT Development Roadmap is operational.Aligning with Country Assistance Strategy & Poverty Reduction Strategy. eSri Lanka Design Model – A Nation’s Development with ICT.

During project preparation, GOSL plans to establish an autonomous government agency called ICTA, Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka, which has the mandate to lead the e-Sri Lanka initiative.

eSri Lanka Functions under Prime Minister’s Minister, Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe.

Government of Sri Lanka Conceptualizes ICT Strategy!

Sri Lanka is on the threshold of a new wave of social and economic development built on the foundations of peace, equity, and social harmony. To achieve the desired levels of Development, Sri Lanka must enhance national competitiveness, reduce/eradicate poverty, and realize enhancements in the quality of life of its citizens.

With this backdrop, Government of Sri Lanka started conceptualizes the ICT strategy for the Country with the contribution and facilitation of ADA, USAID, SIDA, CIDA and World Bank.