Dialog Tradenet - GGS in partnership
Set to revolutionise agri market access:
Dialog Telekom, together with Govi Gnana Seva (GGS) launched a
service to deliver spot and forward agricultural commodity price
information via mobile phones.
Group Chief Executive of Dialog
Telekom Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya, addressing the gathering at
the launch of the mobile-based agri-market information
service. Trade, Marketing Development, Cooperatives and
Consumer Affairs Minister, Bandula Gunawardena, Director GGS,
Dr. Harsha de Silva and CEO of LIRNEasia Prof. Rohan
The service is based on Dialog's TradeNet Platform - and derives
on-line agri-produce price information from three Dedicated Economic
Centres at Dambulla, Meegoda and Narahenpita.
These three markets are just the first step in this program, with
more sites and sectors identified to be added in the future. GGS has
hitherto played the lead role in collecting and disseminating spot
prices of agricultural produce at the Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre
operated under the aegis of the Ministry of Trade, Marketing
Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs.
In partnership with Dialog's TradeNet Platform this benchmark price
information will now be available to farmers scattered around the
Group Chief Executive of Dialog Telekom PLC, Dr Hans Wijayasuriya
said "they are proud to partner GGS in this initiative of significant
importance to the agriculture sector in Sri Lanka.
Dialog is committed to the overarching paradigm of positioning ICT in
general, and the mobile phone in particular, as pervasive enablers of
sustainable development, and economic and social expansion.
We are confident that the Dialog TradeNet will deliver on these
objectives and make a positive contribution to the lives of consumers
and producers from across Sri Lanka."
Founding Director of GGS, Dr Harsha de Silva, said they have spent
many years working towards this day as it has been our firm belief that
eliminating poverty among agricultural households requires moving
farmers from purely subsistence agriculture to some level of
The first step in this endeavour is to have efficient agricultural
markets. The research we conducted at LIRNEasia helped us in
understanding how to do this by bringing in ICTs to eliminate
information asymmetries and thereby reduce transaction costs along the
farmer value chain. Now this system is live, we hope to see large
numbers of farmers using the actionable information to move themselves
from subsistence to some form of agribusiness.
Our ultimate objective is to create an inclusive yet distributed
agriculture exchange that will help the millions of small farmers move
out of poverty. We wish to acknowledge the support of all who have
helped GGS for the last seven years and look forward to the support of
others who share this vision.
Dialog Tradenet is a repository for national-level market information
built on a suite of digital technologies.
TradeNet encompasses the collation, comparison, qualification and
subsequent dissemination of trade enablement information to large
numbers of stakeholders minimising information arbitrage.
The service is immediately available to Dialog's six million-plus
subscriber base from across all nine provinces of Sri Lanka.
GGS is a pioneering initiative under the aegis of the eSri Lanka
initiative of the Government of Sri Lanka. GGS was originally funded by
the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka and subsequently by private donations.
With the new partnership, Dialog Telekom will assume the primary
responsibility of funding the operation with the objective of creating
sustainable business models for the agricultural sector in Sri Lanka.
Chronic volatility of vegetable prices due to unplanned cultivation
leading to farmer poverty, demonstrated the critical importance of
linking cultivation with sale, and the initiative to provide forward
bids and offer prices is the first step in infusing to bridge this gap.
Winners of the Young Computer Scientists' tournament rewarded
The award presentation ceremony of the Young Computer Scientists'
Tournament organized by the Federation of Information Technology Sri
Lanka (FITIS) for the seventh occasion was held at the Navarangahala,
with Education Minister Susil Premajayantha and other
The Federation of Information Technology of Sri Lanka had organized
this Tournament in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the
Computer Society of Sri Lanka and the Software Engineering Industry
Association of Sri Lanka. Holding this tournament this year, named by
President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Year of ICT and English is a special
occasion. Education Minister Susil Premajayantha, University of Colombo
School of Computing Director Doctor Ruwan Weerasinghe and Sri Lanka
Telecom Chairperson Leisha de Silva Chandrasena were the chief guests.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Software Engineering Industry
Association of Sri Lanka Chairman Govin Nangrani said that the Software
Engineering Industry Association of Sri Lanka and its' members will work
tirelessly to establish an unbeatable software manufacturing industry at
this point of time when the country is stepping into a new era of
A knowledge-based economy is emerging in the world, and it is very
important to find the IT whiz kids hidden in the various parts of Sri
Lanka and this tournament is organized yearly mainly for that purpose,
The Software Engineering Industry Association of Sri Lanka, Young
Computer Scientists' Tournament Project Chairman Jiffry Moulaffer said
that over 1000 contestants participated in this tournament this year,
and looking at the projects of the winners and participants, we can
overcome the challenges pertaining to ICT in any section of the country.
The winner of the National Schools Senior Section was C.S.C.
Wijetunga of St. Anne's College, Kurunegala and the winner of the Junior
Section was R. Nilafdeen of Bishop's College, Colombo.
The winner of the International Schools Senior Section was A.H.G.U.
Silva of the Lexicon International School, Kandy. He was selected to
represent Sri Lanka at the APICTA tournament to be held in Melbourne,
Mobitel to welcome British tourists arriving in Sri Lanka
The British High Commission in Colombo has entered into a partnership
with Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, the National Mobile Service Provider to
convey a welcome message to the British nationals visiting Sri Lanka.
This SMS based welcome message is sent to travellers on their arrival
to the island from Britain.
It contains contact details for the British High Commission in
Colombo, enabling travellers to rapidly make contact with High
Commission staff in case of need.
The British High Commission in Colombo provides many services for
British nationals including issuing of British passports, birth and
death certificates and offering assistance in times of difficulty.
Around 94,000 visitors from Britain arrive in Sri Lanka annually on
both business and pleasure. Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, whilst
positioning the customer at the centre, through the delivery of optimum
quality of service, higher levels of customer care, convenience and
interaction, partnered with the British High Commission to extend its
platform of care and service to the British citizens.
Speaking on the partnership between the British High Commission in
Colombo and Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, the High Commissioner stated that
"Most British visitors to Sri Lanka enjoy a relaxing and peaceful
But on rare occasions visitors need urgent assistance from the High
Commission, for example if they lose their passport or are involved in
an accident. This SMS service will make it much quicker and easier for
British nationals to find our contact details when they really need
them. I am very pleased that we have set up this service with Mobitel
and grateful to them for their support."
Chairperson, Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, Leisha de Silva Chandrasena
said, "At Mobitel we continuously strive to keep the customers'
wellbeing at the epicentre of our service offerings and value
Therefore we are indeed delighted and honoured to be partnering the
British High Commission of Colombo in this endeavour, which helps extend
our care proposition to the British inbound travellers as well.
The message provides the British National with a much-valued first
point of contact with the High Commission and also instils a sense of
security. I take this opportunity to commend the British High Commission
for his farsightedness in taking a pro-active approach in caring for the
China issues new rules on Internet domain names
China's Internet watchdog issued a new set of rules on domain name
registration this week in a bid to curb pornography and illegal content.
According to Liu Jie, an official at the Ministry of Industry and
Information Technology, the regulations posted on its website Sunday
beef up existing rules on domain name registration.
The measures will cut off Internet services to those websites that
have not registered with the ministry, Liu said.
They also aim to improve a "blacklist system" to prevent banned
domain name owners from reapplying for a new domain name, he added. It
was not clear if the new rules apply to overseas websites but many such
sites are already blocked by China's Internet authorities, including
YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and a host of media and news websites and
China maintains strict censorship of the Internet, an effort that has
become known as the "Great Firewall of China". In recent weeks, Chinese
regulators closed down hundreds of video sharing websites while ordering
sites to delete all links to downloaded films or TV series, the China
Business News reported earlier this month. AFP