Lanka eyes US $ 1b income from ICT sector by 2015
Sri Lanka expects to generate an income of US $ one billion dollars
from the IT sector in 2015, which currently stands close to US $ 500
million. The ICT industry posted around US $ 375 to 400 million revenue
in 2010. The Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri
Lanka (ICTA) is optimistic of achieving the one billion US $ mark before
the stipulated time period.
In addition, the government hopes to achieve 75 percent computer
literacy rate in five years. ICT literacy in Sri Lanka has increased
from four percent in 2004 to 32 per cent today due to various
initiatives implemented by the government while bringing ICT to ordinary
Sri Lankans, particularly in rural areas.
ICTA, CEO Reshan Dewapura said the Sri Lankan ICT industry has grown
in the past 4 to 5 years unprecedently. Sri Lanka produces niche
software products that are being used by global multinational companies.
Sri Lankan companies have to compete with international companies to
win these lucrative businesses.
"We don't have to market Sri Lankan made software across the board
since our markets are niche. In addition ICTA will be investing
significant amount of money in the years to come to take the technology
to rural areas coupled with the e-Sri Lanka programme," he said.
ICTA has also teamed up with the Health Ministry and has started work
in some of the provincial hospitals to do system automations using
patient records. The project is being piloted in base hospitals, and it
is going on successfully. "We are now working with the Health Ministry
to see how we can bring it to the main stream and to implement it across
the all hospitals. The automation system will link with pharmaceuticals,
OPDs and entire segments of a hospital," he said.
In addition to various initiatives implemented to develop the ICT in
the country, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT Sri Lanka Section (BCSSL)
will organize the National Best Quality ICT Awards (NBQSA) competition
this year for the 13th consecutive year to recognize and award local ICT
innovations and achievements.
The primary objectives of the competition are to recognize
outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations in Sri Lanka
who have contributed to the development of ICT. In addition, it is
expected to create a window to gain international recognition for
locally developed ICT products while improving the standards and the
quality of local ICT products and services. The competition is open in
eighteen categories particularly security, financial, industrial ,Health
communications green IT, Tools and application infrastructure.