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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2673

Sri Lanka's Commitment to It Industry Lauded Internationally - Ambassador Ranjitt Jayasooriya

Stockholm, 13 March, (Asiantribune.com): The Government of Sri Lanka has proven its commitment to the IT industry by developing a forward-looking National ICT Plan and is committed to building the necessary infrastructure to enable connectivity, while undertaking regulatory reform, and developing human resources to meet future ICT needs said Ranjit Jayasooriya, Sri Lanka Ambassador in Sweden. Ambassador Ranjitt Jayasooriya - I like to say that, this  Embassy will assist, at it best, in any form, to develop business linkage between Sri Lanka and Sweden in this sector. Ambassador Ranjitt Jayasooriya - I like to say that, this Embassy will assist, at it best, in any form, to develop business linkage between Sri Lanka and Sweden in this sector.

He was addressing at the Business Linkage Programme for Sri Lanka IT Companies visiting Sweden held in the Embassy, on last Tuesday.

Speaking at the launching of the business linkage programme, Ambassador Jayasooriya further said, “Sri Lanka has been identified as one of the best offshore centers in the region. Today, around 100 IT companies are successfully operating in Sri Lanka. Compared to other countries in the region, it has a number of advantages including familiarity and ease with the English language, skilled and creative ICT personnel, and low wage rates when compared with global standards.”

Saman Maldeni Deputy Director of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board gave an overview of the IT industries of Sri Lanka and made presentation of the available facilities in the Island nation.

He was followed by an introductory speech by Fayaz Hudath, Program Manager of Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka.

Ronald Cedervalth, enabler of Sri Lanka IT Companies to Nordic countries presented the interest of the Nordic countries and explained that his company functions as proxy of the Sri Lanka IT Companies in this region.

Also, Chandima Cooray, Chief Operating Officer Sabre Technologies (Pvt) Ltd, Jeevan Gnanam of St. Anthony’s Industries Group (Pvt) Ltd., Mohamed Gazzaly, Chief Executive Officer of Maxsol Pro (Pvt) Ltd., and Omar Fatha Rally , Chief Executive Officer of the Hellocorp (PVT)Ltd who visited Sweden and participated in the program made introduced their respective companies in their introductory speeches.

Given below the full text of the speech delivered by Ambassador Ranjiit Jayasooriya on the occasion:

It is indeed a great pleasure for me to address this gathering today on the occasion of business linkage programme for Sri Lankan ITC companies visited Sweden.

First of all, I must be thankful for the representatives of the Swedish IT companies and other distinguish guests who acknowledged our invitation and gathered here, dedicating their precious time for us to discuss something important about ITC industry in Sri Lanka and its potentials and usefulness for Sweden IT companies.

Secondly, I must be thankful to the Export Development of Sri Lanka for its timely decision taken to organize a delegation consisting of the representatives of the leading IT companies in Sri Lanka.

As you all already know, Sri Lanka has been identified as one of the best offshore centers in the region. Today, around 100 IT companies successfully operating in Sri Lanka. Compared to other countries in the region, it has a number of advantages including familiarity and ease with the English language, skilled and creative ICT personnel, and low wage rates when compared with global standards.

The ICT industry is also characterized by its flexibility and its ability to create world class software.

Needless to say that Sweden is number one in the world for its technological development in this sector. It has world class IT companies providing their services around the globe. There are much more potentials both Swedish and Sri Lanka ITC companies could work together to achieve significant mutual benefits. The aim of this programme is to make a forum to discuss each other about the future prospective.

The Government of Sri Lanka has proven its commitment to the IT industry by developing a forward-looking National ICT Plan and is committed to building the necessary infrastructure to enable connectivity, while undertaking regulatory reform, and developing human resources to meet future ICT needs. On behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, I like to say that, this Embassy will assist, at it best, in any form, to develop business linkage between Sri Lanka and Sweden in this sector. I hope this programme would be a foundation stone of the development of the ITC linkage between Sri Lanka and Sweden

- Asian Tribune

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