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.