Industry Knowledge Enhancement Programme

Industry Knowledge Enhancement Programme

Sri Lanka is becoming an IT hub for international businesses. With the penetration of tapping the bigger international markets such as; Europe, Australia, Scandinavia, South East Asia and others, the knowledge required inside the IT organizations, will become more diversified.
Therefore, ‘Industry Knowledge Enhancement’ programme was designed to facilitate knowledge enhancement of IT employers and future IT workforce in the Sri Lankan Industry. By funding and facilitating through training programs by ICTA, such as workshops, forums, this program will adapt latest technologies to enhance the quality and information security in career development.

1. Domestic Learning Seminars
The project, Domestic Learning Seminars is one of the key capacity building initiative incepted in 2009 and continuing with certain changes driving excellency. The project focuses on adaptation and skill enhancement of the current IT labor pool in Sri Lanka. The project is designed with a sequence of training programmes spreads throughout the year, catering the current knowledge demand in the local IT industry. The key knowledge areas are determined by the industry, reflecting the core competencies which are highly needed for the development.

2. Quality code development initiative
The IT Industry of Sri Lanka faces an issue where developers produce code of low quality during the first couple of years in their career. The Quality Code program was developed as a solution to this problem. Industry Experts along with ICTA put together a curriculum targeted at Quality Code Development which is delivered via Speakers from the Industry who will elaborate on the key principles and tips to enforce Quality Code.

3.    Building Security Professional
Building Security Professionals project highlights the need for more IT security professionals, required by the IT industry in Sri Lanka. The initiative directly derived from the government’s vision of building 20,000 IT security professionals in Sri Lanka by 2020. The project entails a long-term plan of creating awareness and enhance the basic knowledge in IT Security starting from the school students and get more school students into IT security careers.

objectives

• To open up the opportunities for IT industry to build capacity in priority knowledge areas which are highly required in driving for excellence.
• To cultivate the knowledge based economy via introducing new technology through internationally recognized training programs at an affordable cost.
• To enhance the quality of the existing workforce while building certified professionals in key demanded areas in international context.

In Essence

The objective of the strategy is to provide the latest knowledge to employees of the IT/ITES industry through a series of short courses which would enhance the competitiveness of the Industry.

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•    New technology infusion to the Industry e.g. Automated Testing, Hybrid development, Cloud technologies, Agile testing etc.
•    Mature processes – Effort estimation, Agile Development
•    Adoption of frameworks and standards e.g. Blackduck, ITIL,
•    Certified workforce e.g. CBAP, STQB, Ethical Hacker,

•    Over 1700+ professionals from 120+ companies have been trained in various topics since 2009.

•    Some of the key courses were,
–    Software Effort Estimation
–    Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master Training
–    Hybrid Mobile Application Development Training
–    Big Data and Hadoop Training
–    Performance Testing – J Meter
–    Devops – Chef & Puppet
–    Docker

eDivisional Secretariat (eDS) Project

The Divisional Secretariats (DS) are the grass root level administrative units which deliver more than 90 percent of the government services to the citizen. Apart from extending services to public, the DSs are responsible in directing and coordinating all the development activities taking place in the division.
However, many other ministries and departments provide their services through Divisional Secretariat making the most common, grass root level citizen delivery point.
The DSs function under the preview of the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs. The main services which are delivered by DS are Registration of persons and their life events, Pensions, Social benefits, Motor Vehicle registration, Motor vehicle driving licenses and renewal of motor vehicle revenue licenses, passports, and issuance of various permits. Therefore, the Divisional Secretariat is identified as the “one stop shop” for delivering most critical government services to the citizen.

There are 25 District Secretariats for 25 administrative districts in the country. The District Secretariat which is headed by the District Secretary is the superior administrative units to the Divisional Secretariat. Generally there are 5-25 DSs functioning under a District Secretariat. Therefore Divisional Secretariats cover the entire island. A DS divisions is further broken in to smaller units and such units are  called  “Grama Niladarai” Divisions (GN Division) which is a collection of few villages. There are 500 -800 families on average in a Divisional Secretaries’ Division and almost all such families are needed to interact with Divisional Secretariat for many matters related to their daily life.
The details related to the structure of the regional administration setup in Sri Lanka are given in the table below.

Name of  Administrative Unit Number of Units
District Secretariats 25
Divisional Secretariats 331
GN Divisions 14,022

Currently almost all the services of Divisional Secretariats are handled manually and It has been identified that efficiency and effectiveness of number of these services could be enhance by using ICT. In view of this, eDs project has been identified by ICTA, in conjunction with, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) as a priority project to make the services of Divisional Secretariats more effective and efficient using ICT.
The Project will focus on, enabling the Divisional Secretariat to enhance their functions with ICT, to provide more seamless, citizen centric, solid, customizable and sustainable services, while providing an easy to use platform which allows the government to automate of processes, analyze key data, implement an effective decision support system and collaborate among the Superiors.

In Essence

The Project will focus on, enabling the Divisional Secretariat to enhance their functions with ICT, to provide more seamless, citizen centric, solid, customizable and sustainable services, while providing an easy to use platform which allows the government to automate of processes, analyze key data, implement an effective decision support system and collaborate among the Superiors.

•    ICT enabled efficient system at the Divisional Secretariats with streamlined internal processes.
•    Interactive networking environment in Divisional Secretariats.
•    ICT literate staff operating the system.
•    Improved attitude of Divisional Secretariats staff towards customer orientation and citizen centric service provision and social accountability.
•    Improved transparency of the service delivery process.
•    Effectiveness in governance service delivery process/ improved user satisfaction.
•    Reduced unit cost of service provision.
•    Reduced time taken for service delivery.
•    Encouraged participatory good governance.

To Streamline, Automate and Interconnect
District Secretariats -25
Divisional Secretariats – 320

ICTA and Department of National Museums launch Sri Lanka Museums Mobile App

Heritage tourism has emerged as one of the most successful types of modern tourism. However, at present the access to information on cultural heritage is limited and scattered. The accuracy and consistency of available information are also concerns.

“Given this context, the ICTA initiated the ‘e-Heritage Project’ to introduce cutting-edge technology for the storage and dissemination of information on the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka; the aim of the Heritage Project being to improve the knowledge and satisfaction of tourists vis a vis Sri Lanka’s heritage and enhance Sri Lanka’s image as a Heritage Destination”, said CEO ICTA Muhunthan Canagey.

With this mandate, the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka having taken into consideration the disparities in accessing information communication technologies that exist in our society designed and developed the Sri Lanka Museums Mobile application, available on Android/iOS, which will provide visitors with not just rich content,  but also more interactive views of museum items.

The Sri Lanka Museum Application was launched concurrently with the re-opening of the Colombo National Museum complex by Hon. S.B. Navinna, Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs, Deputy Minister, Mr. Palitha Thewarapperuma, Secretary Mr. D. Swarnapala and Director, Department of National Museums, Mrs. Sanuja Kasthuriarachchi

The National Museum of Colombo, also known as the Sri Lanka National Museum is the largest museum in Sri Lanka and contains collections of great importance and value to Sri Lanka such as the regalia of the country, including the throne and crown of the Kandyan monarchs as well as many other exhibits which tell the tales of ancient Sri Lanka. Museums make education more interesting as they bring students into contact with the reality of what they learn in school. Museums are also a major tourist attraction hence they help in boosting a country’s economy. They are also a good source of research especially for people who study history as they provide useful information for the researchers.

Today museums find themselves competing with the larger offering coming from other industries such as entertainment and hence face a crisis of attendance. Visitors also have more competitive choices for their leisure  activities  than  before  and expect  to  combine  learning  with  an entertaining  experience.

The Department of National Museums have realized that the static traditional way of presenting exhibits needed to be significantly transformed by adding creative elements and ideas with a view to encourage interactivity and improve visitor engagement, teamed up with the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka to develop a Museums Mobile application in Android & iOS platforms, to provide more user interaction with relevant content in relevant locations

The Android/iOS based mobile application was developed by the ICTA using contemporary ubiquitous mobile technology to put museums virtually at a visitor’s fingertips, thus encouraging and improving visitors’ engagement with Museums in Sri Lanka.

The solution developed for the Sri Lanka Museums has the following functionalities:
o    Multi-lingual content base (Sinhala, English, Tamil) – Records and integrates the voice description of artifacts, as well as text contents of various museums in Sri Lanka with the native mobile applications. Recorded voice descriptions are played once the user enters the item code or scans the QR maker.
o    Geo Location Based Augmented Reality – a module to locate the galleries based on the geo location of the visitor.
o    Indoor Positioning System – Marker based (Fiducial) indoor positioning system in order that users may know the exact location they are at, thus being able to route their location accordingly.
o    Social Media – Social media is integrated with the applications in order that visitors may share their experience.

In the near future, the application will also provide facilities to purchase Museum tickets on-line and this feature will be activated with the launch of the National Payment Platform.

The Sri Lanka Museums Mobile Application project which commenced in 2015, with the Magampura Ruhunu Heritage Museum in Hambantota, today includes the National Museum of Colombo, known as the Sri Lanka National Museum, the largest Museum in Sri Lanka and one of the greatest museums in the world.

The Department of National Museums and the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka will incorporate the digital content of all the Museums under the purview of the Department of National Museums onto the Sri Lanka Museums Mobile Application by the end of 2018.

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ICTA implements the next generation of citizen service delivery technology infrastructure for Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Service delivery now reduced to 15 minutes from original  6 hours to 2 days

The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) took another step towards creating a digitally empowered nation by implementing an electronic Document Attesting System (eDAS) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on 06th of February 2017. Using this electronic system, citizens can now get their certificates attested and certified within five to fifteen minutes, by merely accessing one single counter at the Consular division of MFA.

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Pic 01: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Dr.  Harsha De Silva receiving the first document attested by the new system.

This service at the consular division of the MFA was inaugurated by Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, while Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Dr.  Harsha De Silva, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Mr. Esala Weerakoon, Secretary to the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, Mr. Wasantha Deshapriya, Chairperson of ICTA Mrs. Chitranganie Mubarak and MD/CEO of ICTA Mr Muhunthan Canagey also participated at this event.

Till the launch of this electronic system, the MFA followed a manual process of document attestation and certification and citizens had to spend two days to obtain this service. However, as a result of the newly implemented technological infrastructure the issuing of certificates can now be done within 15 minutes.  The state of the art infrastructure includes high speed scanners and biometric authentication for ensuring document safety, traceability, good governance and transparency.

The center has been implemented with the modern queue management system which enables citizens to book appointments using their mobile phones and provides notifications on their mobiles as well.
The solution was deployed on the Government Cloud infrastructure and connected using the government network. The system will also be extended to all foreign embassies.

“ICTA’s vision is to have a digitally inclusive society, and one of its objectives is to ensure an efficient and seamless, citizen friendly experience in government” said MD/CEO of ICTA Mr Muhunthan Canagey.

The Consular Division of the MFA serves around 500 citizens to attest and certifying their documents on a daily basis and they have to examine and verify more than 1200-1500 documents per day. With the implementation of this electronic system, the MFA can now provide this service in an efficient and effective manner where the general public spend less than fifteen minutes at just one single service desk. With the implementation of eDAS, citizens can also get prior appointments if they are intending to visit the Consular Division to obtain their services. It is also important to note that the MFA has managed to relocate the consular division at a new location with improved and developed ICT Infrastructure and interiors. It is a commendable fact that the service cost remains the same while the service mechanism and delivery is greatly enhanced and upgraded.

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Pic 02: Newly furbished Consular Division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Addressing the launching ceremony held at the new premises of the Consular Division, Hon. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Harsha de Silva stated that it was a great honor for himself to be a part of this initiative which has great significance as it showcases the fact that the government of Sri Lanka has commenced their journey into the digital era. “With the newly introduced digital technology, the Ministry is ready to deliver an enhanced service to the public. We have reengineered the entire organization and brought down the time taken to deliver services to the people from  5 to 6 hours or even days, to just 5 to 15 minutes. This is a remarkable achievement”.

He further stated that the government is committed to their election manifesto and it is guaranteed that the future of Sri Lanka and its people is secured, while the government will work towards digitizing the national economy.
He extended his sincere appreciation to the ICTA for the support extended by them as the service implementation organization.  The Deputy Minister reiterated the Sri Lanka Government’s commitment to achieving a sustainable development of the country through the constructive engagement of all government services.

Hon HarinFernando Minister for Telecommunication and Digital infrastructure said  “digitization of government services plays a vital role where innovative technologies are transforming national infrastructure to kick start the economy and provide great customer experience”

Senior Director General,Consular Division of the MFA,  Mr. Ganegamarachchi averred that the newly introduced eDcoument Attestation system in the Consular division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would serve as a perfect example of how effective service delivery can be ensured through Cross Government coordination via digital platforms. “eDocument Attestation systems digitally linked to the Public, Sri Lankan and foreign diplomatic missions, Divisional Secretariats, the Department of the Registrar General, the Department of Immigration and Emigration, the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment, and many others could benefit. The digital platform of the Consular division is capable of interacting with relevant stakeholders in real-time, thereby drastically reducing the waiting time in the document attestation process. As a matter of fact the waiting time per document has been reduced from 5 hours to a mere 15 minutes! Due to the electronic attestation process, the credibility of attested documents has also increased significantly. This enhanced credibility will also enable the public to receive consular services from foreign diplomatic missions and agencies promptly”.

Chairperson of ICTA Mrs. Chithranganie Mubarak said “I am proud to be a part of this launch, which clearly shows the outcome of hard work, dedication and efforts that have gone into the digital transformation of the public service delivery. The next generation of Citizen Services has now arrived here at the Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and we are extremely excited of its future. I wish both teams at ICTA and the MFA all the best on a great job well done”

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Pic 03: ICTA Officials during the event: left to right: Mr. Muhunthan Canagey, CEO/MD of ICTA, Ms. Chithrangani Mubarak, Cahirperson ICTA, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Dr. Harsha De Silva, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Expressing his views on the initiative, Mr. Muhunthan Canagey said “it is important for government to be inline with the service experience that global organizations provide for the public. It is our vision to bring about a seamless experience of government service to the public and ICTA will further support government institutions to meet such service levels by providing the technology and human resources for such implementation. We are happy that with the support of the Hon. Deputy Minister Harsha De Silva, Director General of Consular Division Mr. Ganegamarachchi and his team we were able to achieve a successful rollout.”

ICTA has been entrusted with the task of digitizing the economy with vision of a digitally inclusive society. ICTA is the apex policy, facilitation and implementation agency of the government of Sri Lanka.

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ICTA spells out processes adopted to date for piloting Google Loon in Sri Lanka

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In keeping with the vision of the Government for developing the digital infrastructure in the country and ensuring that every citizen has access to the Internet, the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka under the direction of the Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure has taken steps to facilitate and enable universal connectivity for the purpose of bringing about digitization to every person in the country.

A press conference was called by the ICT Agency in connection with Project Loon, which is an innovation spearheaded by Google and is a ‘network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to extend Internet connectivity to people in rural and remote areas worldwide’.

Addressing the gathering were the Hon Harin Fernando , Minister for Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, Chairperson of ICTA, Mrs Chitranganie Mubarak and CEO ICTA, Mr Muhunthan Canagey .

1.    ICTA was established as a Company under the Company’s Act on 12th May 2003, fully owned by the Government of Sri Lanka.

2.    The ICTA has been empowered by the Information and Communication Technology Act No. 27 of 2003 enacted by Parliament, as amended by ICT (Amendment) Act No. 33 of 2008 to implement strategies and programs in both the Government and the Private Sector and take all such steps as are necessary to facilitate the implementation of the National Policy on Information and Communication technology.

3.    The establishment of an Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) is mandated by the Information & Communication Technology Act No. 23 of 2007 and strengthened by Act No. 33 of 2008. The overall objective of the Inter Ministerial Committee is maintaining momentum in the ICT sector, improving the business climate for ICT investment in Sri Lanka and ensuring proper inter agency co-ordination between Government organizations for more effective implementation of ICT programmes and strategies in the country.

4.    In keeping with the vision of the Government for developing the digital infrastructure in the country and ensuring that every citizen has access to the Internet, the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka under the direction of the Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure has taken steps to develop national broadband infrastructure to facilitate universal connectivity for Internet access in Sri Lanka.

5.    Project Loon is an innovation spearheaded by Google and is a ‘network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to extend Internet connectivity to people in rural and remote areas worldwide’.

6.    In keeping with its mandate to empower citizens by extending and strengthening affordable universal access to the Internet throughout the Country, ICTA initiated discussions with Google.

7.    Google recognizing Sri Lanka’s commitment to leveraging on ICTs to take Sri Lanka to its next stage of development offered its unique network of stratospheric balloons (Project Loon) with ability to extend Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless data coverage throughout Sri Lanka in cooperation with local mobile networks.

8.    The proposal for piloting Project Loon in Sri Lanka as a means of providing affordable access to the Internet across the Country was mediated through Chamath Palihapitiya, the Founder and Managing Partner of The Social+Capital Partnership – a venture capital fund based in Palo Alto, CA. Chamath Palihapitiya is the longest tenured member of Facebook’s senior executive team and helped drive its ascension to one of the most important companies in the world.

9.    On 15th of June 2015 a proposal termed ‘Project Rama’ was formally handed over to ICTA.

10.    On the 28th of July, 2015 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between ICTA, Google Loon LLC and two of its affiliates Lotus Flare Holdings Limited and Rama Co. for the purpose of formalizing working relationships and facilitating pilot project implementation.

11.    ICTA was not involved in the selection of any one of the above named affiliates or in putting together the solution.

12.    Louts Flare had developed a platform technology that is essential to the provisioning and management of broadly accessible, cost-effective Internet Access

13.    Rama Co is a company owned by Chamath Palihapitiya. Rama Co will recruit local resources such as human capital to manage his interest in Sri Lanka and will possesses the local expertise necessary to act as a facilitator to launch and operate services contemplated by the Initiative, manage relationships with providers of connectivity be it Loon or traditional mobile carriers, and enable local technology companies equal and fair access through which to develop and offer services to qualified users; and to provide free access to a basic set of Internet Services directly to consumers.

14.    The MOU endeavors to establish preliminary business understanding of the parties involved with respect to the organization and responsibilities to achieve the objectives of the initiative. ie. Piloting a technology in Sri Lanka for facilitating free or highly subsidized mobile Internet service that is universally available through the Country for a trial period not exceeding 12 months.

15.    The MOU explicitly requires strict compliance with applicable commercial and public anti-bribery laws, including the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 and the UK Bribery Act of 2010, which prohibit corrupt offers of anything of value either directly or indirectly to anyone.

16.    A paper on the Google Loon Project was submitted to the meeting of the Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) held on 9th November 2015 where it was agreed that in order to facilitate the pilot project implementation TRCSL be requested to release 10 MHz Pair (10 MHz/10MHz) in the 700 band spectrum for a period not exceeding 12 months.

17.    Consequent to the above TRCSL and ICTA had a series of meetings to identify possible frequency allocations proposed for the Google Loon tests.

18.    On the 7th of April 2016 at a press conference hosted by his Company, attended by the Hon. Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, Chairman – SLT, CEO – SLT, CEO – Dialog and senior staff of ICTA, Chamath Palihapitiya addressed the media on the Google Loon Pilot – Project Rama and his Company Rama Co.

19.    On the 28th of June 2016 His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Chamath Palihapitiya as Sri Lanka’s Digital Brand Ambassador.

20.    On the 2nd of August, 2016 the State Minister of Defense chaired a meeting attended by Secretary Defense, Secretary Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, Air Vice Marshal D L S Dias – Director Air Operations, SLAF, Air Vice Marshal R J Pathirage – Director Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, SLAF and senior staff from the Civil Aviation Authority, TRCSL and ICTA, a team from Google Loon LLC presented  the technology and flight control techniques of Project Loon and clarified all issues raised.

21.    On 30th of November, 2016 TRCSL, having sought clarification from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), informed ICTA that the required frequencies cannot be released for the proposed test of Google Loon.

22.    A paper on ‘Facilitation of testing to implement the Google Loon Project’ was presented to the Cabinet by the Hon. Minister for Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure on the 5th of January 2017.  Pursuant to which the cabinet recommended to seek the advice of the Attorney General.

23.    The Attorney General coordinated consultations in this connection with the participation of the Secretary, Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure and senior representatives from both TRCSL and ICTA.

24.    The report of the Attorney General is to be presented to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management chaired by the Hon Prime Minister

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