June 09, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to increase the country’s level of Information Technology literacy rate up to 75 percent in the next five years under a national action plan to provide the dividends of Information Technology to all citizens.
The five-year National Information and Communication Development Plan from 2011-2016 formulated by the government aims to achieve among other things a $ 100 million export income by the year 2016 and create 100,000 job opportunities in the Information and Communication Technology field.
Under the Mahinda Chinthana, ‘Vision for the Future’ policy framework, the government has identified the importance of Information Technology for the development of the country and plans to provide its dividends to all citizens of the country.
In the year 2010, only 8.3 percent of the population had access to internet in Sri Lanka
and the country ranked 77th among 150 countries on the number of internet users.
The five-year plan conceived under the Mahinda Chinthana vision aims to establish Information and Communication Technology Centers in 25 main cities.
The Cabinet of ministers has granted approval to a proposal submitted by the Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya to set up a seven- member Inter-Ministerial Committee to review the progress achieved in the national action plan.