e-Parliament Initiative: IT for parliamentary work
Parliament is the apex of all representative bodies, and is the sovereign legislature in the country. Its purpose is to exercise effective supervision through its procedures ensuring the effective functioning of the Government.
In recent years, Parliament has begun to exploit advances in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to support its many functions and modernize the institution. Parliament of Sri Lanka has developed e-Parliament strategy to accommodate institutional growth, improvement of internal processes, stakeholder satisfaction and cost effectiveness. Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and Parliament of Sri Lanka collaboratively has taken the initiatives to implement efficient and effective ways of operating to fulfill their essential administrative and parliamentary functions.
The eParliament Initiative aims at providing enhanced legislative and parliamentary services to all the stakeholders of the parliament through innovative state-of-the-art ICT tools and solutions that increase parliament’s openness, accessibility and effectiveness.
The transformation to a fully digitalised process is an ambitious and complex undertaking, especially as the programme’s many sub-projects have to fit together. Over time, the necessity to define clear priorities in order to keep focus and speed became more and more obvious.
The full benefits of the eParliament initiative will only be achieved once all key components are in place, ensuring optimum efficiency and resource savings. The current phase of development will be completed by the end of 2019.