Online construction permits issuance now via eLocal Government initiative

Achieving a milestone in the eLocal Government programme, the Online Construction Permit Issuance Platform was launched for the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) recently.

Citizens will be benefited by this service with the ease of obtaining a construction permit within two weeks without going through the conventional cumbersome process. Also the system provides the sophistication of getting SMS notification and live status checking of the application status including site visits scheduled prior, according to a media release from the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA).

In 2010, the Ministry of Local Government requested ICTA, to support to understand the local authorities’ functions and streamline to better serve the citizens. ICTA then embarked on an initiative called eLocal Government (eLG) programme with the re-engineering of the processes as the first exercise.

The project is aimed at making the service by local government authorities people-friendly, effective and efficient through the use of ICT. Currently with the mandate given by the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils and Sports, ICTA has initiated this implementation in 80 local authorities across the island.

The project is helping to automate local authorities’ day to day activities in a streamlined manner. This solution will reduce customer hanging time, long queues, increased security of data, easy retrieval of data, reduction in employee work loads and online payments and online application processing with status updates. As a result of the project a total number of 341 local authorities will be benefitted.

Looking at the bigger picture, ease of getting a construction permit is a prominent indicator of Doing Business Index which will immensely help to attract foreign investors to the country.

The Doing Business Project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 189 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level.

Thusha Mukunthan, Programme Manager ICTA stated, “This is the major milestone in the eLG programme and moreover this would place Sri Lanka in a better position in the investor’s world map.”

Source by : www.sundaytimes.lk

Launch of eChanneling Service Base Hospital Wellawaya

Bringing the digital dividend to most rural and most vulnerable communities, today we launched the Digitized Wallawaya Base Hospital. Regional Health Department and the entire staff of the hospital closely work with Digital Health team to achieve this moment.

ග්‍රාමීය සහ වඩාත් අවදානමට ලක්වූ ප්‍රජාවන් සඳහා ඩිජිටල් ලාභාංශයක් ලබා දීමට අද දින අප ඩිජිටල් වැල්ලවාය මූලික රෝහල දියත් කළෙමු. ප්‍රාදේශිය සෞඛ්ය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව සහ රෝහල් කාර්ය මණ්ඩලය මෙම මෙහෙයුම සාර්ථක කර ගැනීම සඳහා ඩිජිටල් හෙල්ත් කණ්ඩායම සමඟ සමීපව වැඩ කරයි. එමෙන්ම මෙම රෝහලෙන් රෝගී සත්කාරක සේවා ගැනීමේදී  echanneling මගින් හෝ 0715225225 අමතා වෙලාවක් වෙන්කර ගත හැකියි. මෙය නොමිලේ ලබාදෙන සේවාවක්.

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ICTA hosts e-Swabhimani Grand Jury 2018

The Grand Jury of the e-Swabhimani 2018 was successfully held during 18th and 19th of August at Hotel Cinnamon Bey- Beruwala. Since its launch in 2009, the ‘e-Swabhimani Awards’ have continued to recognize outstanding, forward-thinking and truly innovative local digital solutions and hi-tech applications that have helped make society more inclusive, efficient, offer new services, empower citizens, whose overall benefits are reaped by all.

This is the 8th year that ICTA is organizing this event. 190 applications were received in response to the application call which commenced on 7th June until the closing date of 8th August this year. The members of the Jury comprised of a group of 17 domain experts from academia, industry and government sector including an expert, moderating the process. The evaluation of the applications continued till late night on both days starting from morning.

Nominations were accepted across nine categories including Government and Citizen Engagement, Health and Well-Being, Learning and Education, Environment and Green Energy, Culture and Tourism, Smart Settlement and Urbanization, Business and Commerce, Inclusion and Empowerment and Digital Entertainment. 51 applicants were shortlisted during the Jury process from the nine categories. Highest number of applications were received under the Business & Commerce category followed by the Learning & Education category. The least number was recorded from Inclusion & Empowerment and Digital Entertainment categories. The grand jury made sure that they made a fair judgement to all applicants.

‘e-Swabhimani’ a symbol of excellence but also serves as a stepping stone to the World Summit Award (WSA), a global initiative implemented within the framework of the United Nations’ World Summit on Information Society (WSIS). The WSA nominees were selected by the e-Swabhimani Grand Jury during the evaluation process for 2018.
The e-Swabhimani Awards Gala event is scheduled to be held in November 2018, ICTA organizing team mentioned.

 

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LGN 2.0 – Awareness Program 4 – Jaffna – 24th August 2018

Successfully completed district wise awareness session for LGN 2.0 project for 150 government organization in North Province on 24th August 2018 at Tilko Jaffna City Hotel. Around 200 Government officials participated. ICTA has scheduled similar events in district wise.

Obtaining services of Individual Consultants to implement and coordinate Operational activities of SMART Social Circle initiative – ICTA/SG2/GOSL/CON/IC/2018/006

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Published in Sunday Observer on 20 August 2018

Deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest 15:00 hrs on 14 September 2018.

ICTA drives country’s digital transformation

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ICTA, since its inception, has played a key role on the development of ICT in the country. Digital literacy has reached 39%, and ICT exports have surpassed $1 billion, making ICT the 5th   largest foreign exchange revenue earner.

In line with the national development priorities and digitisation agenda of the Government, under the guidance of Telecommunication Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment Minister Harin Fernando, and the supervision of the Secretary and Officials of the Ministry, the newly appointed leadership and management of ICTA is geared to provide the benefits of ICT to every citizen in the country.

From the inception, ICTA has taken the lead in creating a pro-active policy and a regulatory environment that is supportive of the ICT transformation and ICT-based development.  Key initiatives include drafting digital legal enablers (namely, the Electronic Transactions Act, the Computer Crimes Act, the Payment Devices Frauds Act) and setting up the digital certificate framework for Payment & Settlement Systems Act for the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Presently, ICTA formulates regulations for implementing of cross-government digital solutions, and took part in the formulation of the Right to Information Act (2016) and Amendments to the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act (2018), to facilitate cross-border access to electronic evidence. In partnership with The Finance Ministry and the Central Bank, ICTA played the lead role in formulating the Financial Regulation (FR) Circular No. 447/2010 and the Lanka Government Payment System (LGPS), which has enabled the use of credit cards and electronic payment methods to pay for Government services for the first time.  ICTA also gave leadership for Sri Lanka’s entry into both the digital law treaties, which were firsts for South Asia and facilitated the Electronic Transactions (Amendment) Act No. 25 of 2017.

The ICT Industry is a key development sector in the country, which contributes significantly to GDP and foreign income of the country. The sector also provides a significant number of employment opportunities, especially to the youth.  Understanding the importance of the sector as a key driving force, the ICTA initiated the Industry Development program.  The program is supporting the sector goal of $5 billion export revenue, especially through entrepreneurship, innovation and digital adoption.

E-Local Government (eLG) is a high demanded solution used in local authorities (Pradeshiya Sabhas, Urban Councils and Municipal Councils) to capture regular revenue, non-regular revenue and applications such as construction permits. This year, the ICTA has managed to expand the services of eLG, with new features to another 50 local authorities, to enhance the quality, efficiency and effectives of service delivery to citizens.

The Lanka Government Network (LGN), initiated under the e-Sri Lanka Program, is the underlying information infrastructure backbone (dedicated network) that connects all the Government organisations of Sri Lanka in a cost-effective and secure manner.

The LGN 2.0, launched in 2017m aims to connect 860 Government organisations in the first phase. At present, 817 Government locations are successfully connected to the LGN, benefiting more than 67,000 Government employees. Integrated with Lanka Government Cloud (LGC 2.0), the LGN facilitates access to many eServices and applications.

Under the Digital Health initiative, the ICTA has digitised 32 hospitals to date, and has been able to facilitate informed decision making at the Government Hospitals. Also, the systems and processes introduced though the Project have been able to reduce the average patient’s waiting time at Out Patient Departments (OPD) significantly.  Providing ‘e-channelling’ services in the Government Hospitals for the first time, on par with any private hospital but without a payment, is the greatest achievement of the Project. The improved work processes such as implementation of PACS are saving millions of rupees monthly for the Government.

More than 850 “SMART Social Circles” have been established in 25 districts under ICTA’s Citizen Empowerment initiative. A pool of 8600 knowledge agents were trained and   more than 500 women entrepreneurs were supported under the “Suhuruliya” initiative.

ICTA and the Ministry of Education have given due recognition to the digital education initiative in Sri Lanka, such as the Digital Education Master plan for general education, ”SMART Textbook”, establish “Edu CSIRT” and school “ICT societies”, which would facilitate the ICT-based education initiatives of the ICTA and the Ministry of Education

The eLand Registry (eLR) system facilitates the property registration in the country through the land registries, and is currently being implemented at Colombo and Delkanda Land Registries.

E-Revenue License (eRL) is the National-level centralised solution for issuing of Vehicle Revenue License in Sri Lanka. This covers all Divisional Secretariats and the Province Department of Motor Traffic.  The system is being used by about 2,500 Divisional Secretarial Staff to issues revenue licenses. The system has also provided facilities to collect revenue licenses online.  E-Registrar of Companies (e-ROC) facilitates online Registration of Companies, and has been live since April 2018. With the system, average time to register a company is reduced to 1 day, which is a main indicator of the “Starting Business Index” of Sri Lanka. With the system, approximately, 40+ new companies register online per day.

Electronic Document Attestation System (eDAS) is a Cloud-based service platform, which has granted the consular division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to reduce the document processing time significantly; e.g. down to fifteen minutes from 1-2 days before implementation of the system. The eDAS can be accessed by foreign diplomatic missions and Sri Lankan missions abroad for processing of documents, and currently serves over 12,500 applicants and processes over 30,000 documents monthly. The system facilitates status notifications to customer mobiles via SMS and emails.

Based on the successes and lessons learnt from on-going initiatives, ICTA has taken measures to introduce new strategies, and to make the government services effective and efficient with digital innovations.

Source : www.ft.lk

eChannelling launches its digital services at District Hospitals in Sri Lanka

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A Fully-owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom, e-Channelling PLC recently launched its service at Ampara General Hospital marking it as the first district Hospital in Sri Lanka to have the service.

The company said the facility will be launched islandwide in the future as a national endeavor to revolutionize the healthcare sector.

The project is carried out under the guidance of the Health Ministry, Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure and ICTA by upgrading the existing health care system and enhancing its position in global rankings.

This partnership is expected to facilitate smooth access to medical care for government hospital patients.

Patients can make OPD time reservation via 0715 225 225 from any network without waiting in queues for OPD treatment in government hospitals. The service is offered free-of-charge.

The time reservation facility has been extended to the internet and smartphones, boasting the latest technology for the further convenience of users.

“This would also help hospitals to better utilize the physical infrastructure and human resources more effectively and efficiently,” eChannelling said.

“This service also greatly benefits patients as it saves them time otherwise spent waiting at the OPD for hours, and keeps the hospital informed in advance about their service requirements.”

Source : www.lankabusinessonline.com

Experts at ICTA Disrupt Asia 2018 highlight local and global collaboration for startups to succeed

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Panel discussion on the National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Policy (from left): ICTA Program Manager, Industry Development Program Sachindra Samararatne, XLr8 Andhra Pradesh Technology Business Accelerator Managing Director Glenn Robinson, Calcey Technologies CEO/Founder Mangala Karunaratne and Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade Advisor Anushka Wijeysinghe

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Panel discussion on – It’s time to STEAM education (from left): ESOFT Metro Campus Manager-Innovation and Global Reach Mohammed Fawaz, Gateway Group Chairman Dr. Harsha Alles, IgniterSpace Co-Founder and CEO Jehan Wijesinghe and ICTA Director, Projects Indika De Zoysa

The 2018 edition of Disrupt Asia, Sri Lanka’s Premier Start-up Conference and Innovation Festival, was successfully concluded recently at the Trace – Expert City with the participation of a large number of individuals connected to the growing startup industry in Sri Lanka.

The Conference part of Disrupt Asia 2018 featured several top international and local experts in entrepreneurship, policy, innovation and startups while the Innovation Festival, a new addition to this year’s event, showcased many technological innovations that included works of art and digital activations for the public to experience and interact with.

The Conference brought to light the need for policy and strategy while entrepreneurs shared their insights, successes and failures and inspired current and potential entrepreneurs. Several top experts from USA, Netherlands, UK, Singapore, Bangladesh, Philippines, India and Sri Lanka expressed their views on AI, digital marketing, security and set the stage for disruptive thinking around STEAM education, creative industries and social entrepreneurship.

One of the key objectives of Disrupt Asia bringing down foreign experts was to get them to inspire local entrepreneurs through their startup experiences back home. Several of the international speakers who took part in the event continued to engage with local entrepreneurs in the day’s following the event and offered valuable insights on how Sri Lankan startups could succeed locally and globally. These newly-formed relationships are expected to greatly help local entrepreneurs to think big and elevate their startups to the next level.

During his opening keynote, Glenn Robinson – Managing Director of XLr8 Andhra Pradesh Technology Business Accelerator (University of Texas at Austin extension) emphasised on several keys to innovation economies and explained the need to exploit local advantages, develop and diffuse innovation expertise, encouraging self-determination and accelerate through collaboration between educational institutes, private sector organisations and the government and the importance of inclusiveness. He further envisioned, “let electrons be shared, but insure atoms collide and engage in a virtuous cycle.”

At the Strategy and Policy panel discussion, a common notion among the audience was that all the support given to startups need to be communicated efficiently in a startup friendly manner using the proper channels. The government promised to provide their fullest support to these companies and in turn requested them to continuously engage with them and keep them accountable. In short, the consensus was that the government, private sector and the general public need to communicate and collaborate better in order to reap the maximum benefits of the startup economy. In the panel discussion on the topic “Mythbusting Social Entrepreneurship”, the experts addressed the myth that social enterprises cannot earn a profit. They elaborated on how social enterprises can be profitable whilst also ensuring that all employees receive a fair salary, raw material is acquired from sustainable sources, manufacturing and packaging is environmentally-friendly and the product or service creates a positive impact on society. They stated that a significant portion of the profits of social enterprises need to be reinvested in the company in order to grow the company while also uplifting the lives of employees and subcontractors. One of the key highlights during the discussion was the emphasis on responsible uses of technology when it comes to disruption.

During his closing keynote, Nick Marino Junior – Director of Social Change at TangoTab challenged the audience to go out there and make a difference in the world through their start-ups. He stressed on the need to bring ideas to life quickly and encouraged the audience to take action swiftly to stay ahead of the competition in a fast-paced world.

Organised by the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), Disrupt Asia 2018 is supported by the Ministry of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment. The event was supported by numerous partners connected to the startup ecosystem while the Inclusion Partner – LIRNEasia and Social Innovation Partner – UNDP Sri Lanka are continuing to work closely with the ICTA on several ongoing projects.

Source : www.ft.lk

ගොඩනැගිලි ඉදිකිරීම් බලපත්‍රය දෙසතියකින්

කොළඹ මහ නගර සභාව විසින් නිකුත් ‍කරන ගොඩනැගිලි ඉදිකිරීම් බලපත්‍ර ලබා ගැනීමේ ක්‍රියාවලිය කඩිනම් කෙරේ.

මේ අනුව මෙම ගොඩනැගිලි ඉදිකිරීම් බල පත්‍රය දෙසතියකින් පමණ බල පත්‍ර  අයදුම්කරුට ලබා ගත හැකි බවත් ඒ සදහා වන ලියාපදිංචිය අන්තර්ජාලය ඔස්සේ සිදු කර ගැනීමට හැකි බවත්  ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු හා සන්නිවේදන තාක්ෂණ නියෝජිතායතනය පවසයි.

සිය අයදුම්පත ඇතුළු ලිපි ලේඛන නගර සභාව වෙත බාර දීමෙන් පසු අදාළ පරිශ්‍රය නිරීක්ෂණය කිරීමට පැමිණෙන දිනයද බල පත්‍රය සුදානම් වීමෙන් පසු එය රැගෙන යාමට පැමිණෙන ලෙසද අයදුම්පත් ලාභියාට කෙටි පණිවිඩයක් ඔස්සේ දැන ගැනීමට හැකිවේ.

තවද ගොඩනැගිලි ඉදිකිරීම් බලපත්‍රයකට අදාළ ලිපි ලේඛන බල පත්‍ර අයදුම්කරුවකු විසින්  කාර්යාලයට බාරදුන් අවස්ථාවේ සිට බලපත්‍රය නිකුත් කරන තෙක් කුමන අංශයක කුමන ක්‍රියාවලියකට යටත්ව තිබේදැයි යන වග අදාළ  කාර්යමණ්ඩලයට සිය පරිගණක පද්ධතිය  ඔස්සේ දැනුවත් වීමටද හැකියාව ලැබේ.

මෙම පහසුකම නිල වශයෙන් ආරම්භ කිරීම නොබෝදා කොළඹ මහ නගර සභා පරිශ්‍රයේදී සිදු කෙරුණු අතර එහිදී අදහස් දැක්වු  ඩිජිටල් යටිතල පහසුකම් සහ විදේශ රැකියා පිළිඹද  ඇමති හරීන් ප්‍රනාන්දු මහතා:අද වන විට මුළු ලෝකයම ඉතා වේගයෙන් ඩිජිටල්කරණයට පරිවර්තනය වෙමින් තිබෙනවා.මේ නිසා අද බෝහෝ වැඩකටයුතු පහසුවට ඉක්මනට කර ගන්න හැකිවී තිබෙනවා.රාජ්‍ය ආයතනයකට නොපැමිණ ජනතාවට සිය  නිවසේ සිටම  ඇතැම් සේවාවන් අද ලබා ගැනීමට හැකිවී තිබෙනවා.මෙම ඩිජිටල්කරණය නිසා දුෂණ අක්‍රමිකතාවයන් වළක්වාගැනීමටද මගක් වී තිබෙනවා.රාජ්‍ය ආයතන ජාල ගත කිරීමේ ක්‍රියාවලිය යටතේ රාජ්‍ය ආයතන 3500ක් ජාල ගත කිරීම අපේක්ෂාවයි.කොළඹ නගර දෙකක් ආදර්ශ සුහුරු නගර බවට පත් කිරීමට බලාපොරොත්තු වෙනවා.

ජාත්‍යන්තර  ව්‍යාපාර ශ්‍රේණිගත කිරීමේ දර්ශකයේ පෙරට ඒමට මෙවැනි සේවා පහසුකම් ලබා දීම ඉතා වැදගත් බවත් කොළඹ නගර වාසීන්ට මෙවැනි පහසුකමක් ලබා දීම ගැන සතුටු වන බවත් ජාතික ප්‍රතිපත්ති හා ආර්ථික කටයුතු රාජ්‍ය ඇමති හර්ෂද සිල්වා මහතා මෙහිදී අදහස් දක්වමින් සදහන් කළේය.

කොළඹ පුරපතිනී රෝසි සේනානායක මහත්මිය: මෙම ගොඩනැගිලි ඉදිකිරීම් බලපත්‍රය ලබා ගැනීම සදහා පසුගිය කාලයේ නගරවාසීන්ට විවිධ දුෂ්කරතාවයන් රැසකට ලක්වීමට සිදුවුණා. නමුත් දැන් දින කිහිපයක් ඇතුලත එම පහසුකම ජනතාවට ලබා ගැනීමට හැකි වී තිබෙනවා. මා නගරවාසීන්ට පොරෝන්දුවක් වුණා කොළඹ නගරය සුහුරු නගරයක් කරන බවට ඒ අද ඒ පොරොන්දුව අපි  ඉටු කරමින් සිටිනවා.

www.colombo.mc.gov.lk යන වෙබ් අඩවියට පිවිසීමෙන් ගොඩනැගිලි ඉදිකිරීම් බලපත්‍රය ලබා ගැනීම සදහා ලියාපදිංචි විය හැකිවේ.
ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු හා සන්නිවේදන තාක්ෂණ නියෝජිතායතනයේ සභාපති මහාචාර්ය රොහාන් සමරජීව නියෝජිතායතනයේ ප්‍රධාන විධායක නිලධාරී දමිත් හෙට්ටිහේවා නියෝජිතායතනයේ ව්‍යාපෘති අධ්‍යක්ෂ ඉන්දික ද සොයිසා ව්‍යාපෘති කළමණාකරු චාමේන්ද්‍ර තිලංක පෙරේරා මහත්වරු ඇතුළු පිරිසක් මෙම අවස්ථාවට සහභාගි විය.

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Disrupt Asia 2018

Sri Lanka’s Premier Startup Conference & Innovation Festival

Disrupt Asia 2018, the third edition of Sri Lanka’s premier Startup Conference and Innovation Festival, organized by ICTA, supported by Ministry of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment was held on 11th August,2018 along with International Partner – IKT Norge, Knowledge Partner – PWC, Supporting Partners – GIZ Sri Lanka, Payoneer, techStars and Trace-Expert City, Payments Partner – PayHere, Volunteer Partner – GudPpl, Eco System Partner – SLASSCOM, Makerspace Partner – Igniter Space, YouTube Partner – IdeaHell, Inclusion Partner – LIRNEasia, Social Innovation Partner – UNDP Sri Lanka, Creative Pavilion Partner – Gamer.LK and Hosting Partners – Calcey Technologies, Orange Electric, WSO2 and CodeGen at Trace City, Maradana.

This is the third edition of this event and was the most looked forward to event in the start-up ecosystem in the country. A notable difference this year was the addition of an “Innovation Festival” which showcased innovations from different fields and for different demographics to promote the innovation ecosystem which is a key pillar of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).

This year’s Conference consisted of four main sections; Main Stage, Stage Two, Investor Forum and Workshops – that took place in parallel. The Main Stage kick-off with an Opening Keynote by Glenn Robinson – Managing Director of XLr8 Andhra Pradesh Technology Business Accelerator (University of Texas at Austin extension), followed by presentations by local and foreign experts on various topics. These were followed by Disrupt Asia 2018 Start-up Battle Grand Finale and the Closing Keynote by Nick Marino Jr. – Director of Social Change at TangoTab, a social start-up based out of Texas, USA. The investor forum was exclusively for professionals who wish to invest in technology startups. Participants of the forum were able to get an understanding of the ecosystem, legal procedures applicable to startup funding and an opportunity to engage with seasoned angel investors too.

The Innovation Festival at Disrupt Asia 2018 showcased many technology innovations from Sri Lanka including works of art and digital activations that the public experienced and interact with. In addition, the Disrupt Asia Start-up Expo was where technology start-ups showcased their products to the attendees of the conference and visitors of the Innovation Festival. The event saw 29 startups exhibiting, 750+ participants including 20 + oversees delegates / Speakers from 11 countries and  most of the local industry giants.

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