Fifth in world for ICT development:
Top NRI for Lanka
The Networked Readiness Index (NRI) for Sri Lanka has been elevated
from 72 percent to 48 during the last five years indicating a major
improvement in the industry, Sri Lanka ranks fifth in the world in
development in the ICT sector.
Secretary to the President Lalith
Weeratunga and UNESCAP ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction
Division Director Dr Xuan Zengpei at the FutureGov Forum in
Colombo. Picture by Sumanachandra Ariyawansa
The country had the biggest improvement in the NRI, which is a global
indicator used to ascertain the success of ICT activities in counties.
Sri Lanka has managed to reap these positive results mainly due to
the government’s e-development agenda, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka Chief
Executive Officer, Reshan Dewapura said.
Addressing the FutureGov Forum Sri Lanka he said the Sri Lankan ICT
industry is showing signs of being one of the potential industries in
recent times as a result of coherent policies adopted by the government.
Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga addressing the FutureGov
Forum Sri Lanka said investing in the ICT sector will never be a loss
situation since it has the capability to achieve desired social and
economic targets in Sri Lanka.
“We need to create an environment that facilitates the implementation
of e-government services and this will help to have effective and
efficient e-Governance. We are committed to build citizen centric,
responsive and an open government by using ICT in an effective manner.”
ICT has made the world increasingly smaller due to its ability to
interact with the world by disseminating information at a much faster
rate and this will make our diplomatic moves much stronger.
“At a time when some parties are trying to tarnish the image of Sri
Lanka over various issues, ICT would play a life-saving role by
disseminating accurate information while depicting the true picture of
the country,” Weeratunga said.
Accordingly to Weeratunga Sri Lankans are becoming more tech savvy
with the higher usage of fixed and mobile phones and internet. It is
apparent that the demand for ICT related services will increase in the
years to come. What we need to do is to invent smart ICT initiatives for
each sector to cater to the demand. The government is also looking at
increasing the PC , internet, and broadband penetration in Sri Lanka.
Commenting on the usage of ICT initiatives in the health sector in
Sri Lanka, Weeratunga said e-health applications in the healthcare
industry in Sri Lanka are limited and this is time to use more smart
e-health applications in government hospitals to have a better
management system and new technology will benefit patients and hospital
The government has also shown its commitment to empower people
particularly rural people by disseminating latest technological advances
along with the implementation of e-Sri Lanka and Nenasala programmes.
“Rural, marginalized and differently abled people should be given
best e-governance facilities with the addition of more features,”