Colombo to host FutureGov SAARC Summit
Colombo will host the first ever FutureGov SAARC Summit which will at
the same time be the third annual FutureGov Forum Sri Lanka.
Distinguished local and international participants are poised for
valuable contribution at the conference on July 18 and 19 .
Delegations from all South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
(SAARC) countries - Sri Lanka, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal,
Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan - totaling about 50 are expected to
attend the event.
Digital inclusion, mobile government, information security , and
cloud technology for government services, e-health / m-health, secure
storage and disaster recovery plans and citizen service delivery are
among the subject areas that will receive special focus at the two-day
Explaining how Sri Lanka gained the opportunity to host the summit
CEO of ICTA, the hosting Sri Lankan organisation, Reshan Dewapura said:
"The great strides made in the successful implementation of e-Governance
policy certainly contributed towards Sri Lanka being selected to host
this FutureGov SAARC Summit. Highlighting the focus of the Summit the
ICTA CEO said, "The summit will focus, in particular, on effective and
efficient e-Governance in the region. It will give participants the rare
opportunity to share their views with some of the best practitioners in
public service and industry experts in the world. Accordingly the summit
will be an ideal opportunity for all interested in improvements in
government service provided to the public; Particularly government
officers will greatly benefit from the summit".
"The Mahinda Chintana - Vision for the Future", the government's
policy statement holds out the hope of Sri Lanka becoming the regional
hub in five sectors one of which is the knowledge sector. The FutureGov
SAARC Summit will focus on creating an environment that better enables
the implementation of e-government services thus paving the way for more
effective and efficient e-Govenance in the region" Dewapura said.
Underlining the need for speedy compliance with the e-Government
policy in Sri Lanka Dewapura said, "Most of the Sri Lankan government
agencies are still in the early stages of e-government; most of the top
management and Chief Innovation Officers of those organizations are
increasingly involved in e-Government implementation. This calls for
increased effectiveness of the public sector and provision of more
citizen-centric services through compliance with the e-Government Policy
before the end of December 2012". Pointing out the rare opportunity that
the Summit will provide ICTA CEO explained, "The FutureGov SAARC Summit
will bring together an unrivalled international speaker line-up. It will
comprise government thought leaders, experienced practitioners and
industry experts especially in the region.
"This will mean delivery of a balanced mix of real-life best practice
case studies, expert presentations and interactive panel discussions,"