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ICTA connects more State institutions

The Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) has taken steps to connect another 150 Government institutes through its Lanka Government Network (LGN) facilitating more speedy public services in the country.

(From left): Samsung Networks Inc. Vice President Dae Hee Kim, ICTA Chairman Prof. P. W. Epasinghe and ICTA Chief Operating Officer Reshan Dewapura at the signing of the contract for the LGN stage II project

Phase II of the LGN project will connect 150 Government institutions in the island including the Northern and the Eastern provinces and render them connected bringing the total to 475 Government institutes with the 325 connected under phase I of the LGN project implemented under the 'e-Sri Lanka' initiative.

"People already know the benefits of the LGN. The LGN is also recognized internationally as well as regionally. It was not long ago that a team of the Government of Bangladesh visited ICTA to learn and adapt the LGN," ICTA Chairman Professor P.W. Epasinghe said.

"Thanks to the LGN, now the connected Government institutes can speedily exchange the information and process the public requirements quickly and efficiently," he said.

The Lanka Gate Network owes its attraction to the countries in the region and the world to the foresight of President Mahinda Rajapaksa who guided the e-Sri Lanka initiative. Among the core aims of the e-Sri Lanka initiative is the minimisation of inconvenience both to the public and Government institutions in receiving or offering public service.

Participating in the signing of the contract, ICTA Chief Operating Officer Reshan Dewapura congratulated the implementing partner on the work done in phase I and urged them for better performance in phase II. "While connecting the 325 Government institutions online that occurred in phase I was very helpful, phase II that would interconnect 150 more Government institutions including those in the North and the East is very important," ICTA COO said.

ICTA signed a contract with Samsung Networks Inc. for implementing and managing the Lanka Government Network (LGN) - Stage II project at ICTA premises recently.

Samsung Networks Inc. Vice President Dae Hee Kim said that they would go beyond mere buyer-seller relationship with ICTA, complete phase II perfectly and contribute to ICT industry in Sri Lanka.

ICTA Re-engineering Government Program Director Wasantha Deshapriya said that the LGN was pivotal in fulfilling the pledge contained in the Mahinda Chintana policy statement of President Rajapaksa of bringing the benefits of ICT to the people.


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