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11 June, 2013 07:13 AM Source: Financial Times - Sri Lanka
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The 2012 Annual Report of the Ministry of Finance and Planning released on Friday has emphasised that Information Communication Technology (ICT) is the key to reforms in Sri Lanka particularly on service delivery and capacity developments. 

It highlights significant improvements made in the ICT sector in 2012 under the ICTA initiated ‘e-Sri Lanka’ program.

“Many service delivery improvements have been achieved in Sri Lanka especially with the aid of information technology. Supporting such advancements achieved, the ICT literacy rate in Sri Lanka has surpassed 35% in 2012 from 8% in 2005.

e-network readiness  in the backdrop of ICT advancements made through initiatives led by the ICT Agency (ICTA) and all its stakeholders as already noted, Sri Lanka made significant advancements in the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) while Sri Lanka was ranked 71st out of 142 countries in 2011, it improved to the 69th position out of 144 countries, in 2012. Sri Lanka is now ahead of Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines,” the Finance Ministry Annual Report says.

Going forward the Report has emphasised the need for adequate flexibility in labour related regulatory arrangements is needed to sustain skills diversity, labour mobility and the productive deployment of labour resources, particularly in enegiszing the IT/BPO industries.

As per the report, the computer and information services sub sector reflected a significant improvement generating $ 436 million in 2012 compared to $ 355 million in 2011 and $ 82 million in 2005. More...

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