Who we are
The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka is the apex ICT institution of the Government. According to the Information and Communication Technology Act No. 27 of 2003 (ICT Act), as amended by Act No. 33 of 2008, ICTA is mandated to take all necessary measures to implement the Government’s Policy and Action Plan related to ICT. Section 6 of the ICT Act requires ICTA to assist the Cabinet of Ministers in formulating the National Policy on ICT and provide all information necessary for its formulation. ICTA is a wholly owned institution by the Government of Sri Lanka, established to implement the e-Sri Lanka Development Project funded by the World Bank from 2004 to 2011. The e-Sri Lanka Development Project aimed to utilize ICT to develop the economy, reduce poverty, and improve the quality of life for the people of Sri Lanka.
Over time, ICTA's significant progress in the nation and society made the Government recognize the significance and need for its permanent existence. As a result, the sunset clause of the ICT Act of 2003 was amended in 2008.
Currently, we are a high-level entity providing National Level Guidance and Coordination for National Priorities. This includes offering efficient and citizen-centric services, simplifying market processes and state mechanisms, expanding Digital Governance through Information Technology as a knowledge exchange tool, establishing international e-commerce and e-payment systems, and designing new laws and organizational frameworks for Data Protection, Cyber Security, and Intellectual Property Rights.
With this strong governance setup, we are a group of experienced professionals with backgrounds in the public sector, private sector, non-governmental organizations, and academia. We come together as Managers, Consultants, and Experts to help the nation foster its growth through ICT enablement. Our team consists of dynamic specialized Programme and Project Managers, Architects, and Technical Experts, as well as Cross-Cultural Professionals, Evaluation Experts, and Shared Services Professionals. We are self-motivated and satisfied leaders of ICTA, proud to say that we positively change lives in Sri Lanka.
The mandate of the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka is outlined in the Information and Communication Technology Act No. 27 of 2003, as amended by Act No. 33 of 2008. According to this legislation, ICTA is responsible for the following key functions:
- Implementing the Government's Policy and Action Plan related to Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
- Assisting the Cabinet of Ministers in formulating the National Policy on ICT and providing all necessary information for its formulation.
- Taking all necessary measures to develop and promote ICT in Sri Lanka.
- Encouraging and facilitating the use of ICT in government institutions and the private sector.
- Promoting and supporting research and development activities in the field of ICT.
- Establishing and maintaining an ICT training and certification program for the public and private sectors.
- Promoting and facilitating the use of ICT for social and economic development in Sri Lanka.
- Coordinating with relevant stakeholders, both local and international, to enhance ICT development and collaboration.
- Ensuring the security and protection of ICT infrastructure and systems within Sri Lanka.
- Advising the Government on matters related to ICT and its impact on the country's development.
- Create strategies and programs for implementation in both the government and private sectors in alignment with the National Policy on Information and Communication Technology and the associated action plan.
These key functions empower ICTA to play a crucial role in advancing Sri Lanka's ICT sector and leveraging technology for the nation's social and economic progress.
A Digitally Inclusive and Prosperous Sri Lanka.
Our Mission is to serve the nation with the Effective Digital Solutions by practicing and demonstrating of innovation, highest standards of ethics and professionalism in order to enable transforming lives of Sri Lankan citizens.
- 2003 - ICTA was established as the apex ICT institution of the Government of Sri Lanka under the Information and Communication Technology Act No. 27 of 2003.
- 2004 - e-Sri Lanka Development Project initiated.
- 2004 - SLCERT was established to ensure the information security of Sri Lanka.
- 2005 - Integration of the Nenasala Project, originally named 'Vishva Gnana Kendra Project,' into the broader e-Sri Lanka Initiative, expanding access to ICT services for rural and semi-urban populations through the establishment of knowledge centers.
- 2008 - ICTA assisted the Cabinet of Ministers in formulating the National Policy on ICT, providing a strategic framework for the development and promotion of ICT in the country.
- 2008 - The sunset clause of the Information and Communication Technology Act No. 27 of 2003 was amended in 2008, ensuring the permanent existence of ICTA due to its significant progress and contributions to the nation.
- 2009 - Launch of the pioneering e-Revenue License (eRL) initiative, marking the debut of connected government services and the introduction of the first citizen-centric government eService for license renewals.
- 2018 - Upgrade and Launch of Lanka Government Cloud 2.0
- 2019 - Hospital Health Information System (HHIMS) installed and successfully adopted in 40 government hospitals
- 2019 - Deployment and Launch of Lanka Government Network 2.0
- 2020 - Adoption of the 'Stay Safe’ application as a COVID-19 Contact Tracing Tool
- 2022 - In response to the fuel shortage caused by an economic crisis, the National Fuel Pass was introduced, enabling the general public to purchase a guaranteed weekly fuel quota for their personal vehicles.