IT boom in Lanka, says Dy Speaker
The government plans to increase information technology service
related exports to US $ 2 billion by 2013. This is a massive development
in the IT field since 2005, Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody said.
He said the income from IT service related exports in 2008 was US $
256 million and it could increase to US $ 271 million.
The Deputy Speaker said around 300 institutions operate in Sri Lanka
which deals with IT service businesses.
He said foreign exchange flow from businesses of these institutions
have gradually increased after the elimination of terrorism.
Deputy Speaker Weerakkody made these observations as Chief Guest at
the 30th National Information Technology Conference in Colombo. Deputy
Speaker Weerakkody said a tremendous development has taken place in the
field of IT in Sri Lanka since 2005.
Weerakkody said when President Mahinda Rajapaksa took over the
government in 2005, computer literacy was five percent but it increased
to 40 percent today.
He said the government expects to increase computer literacy to 75
percent by 2016.
Weerakkody said 700 Nanasala centres have been set up at village
level to educate youths on IT.
He said the government’s objective is to recruit 1,000 information