Microsoft to partner with government in Sri Lanka’s technology transformation

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Microsoft Corporation assured the Government of Sri Lanka of its continued support to accomplish the country’s ICT plans and goals. 
Following up with the meeting between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Microsoft International President Jean-Philippe Courtois in Davos in January, the tech corporation reiterated its commitment to facilitate Sri Lanka’s journey towards a sustainable digital transformation.
A joint media briefing was organized themed ‘Transforming to a Digital Government’ at the BMICH to showcase how Sri Lanka can utilize the latest ICT technologies to ensure that Government can step into the digital age.
The event, hosted under the patronage of the office o the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, saw Microsoft Sri Lanka joining with the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure to discuss the way forward for inclusion of ICT in Government in Sri Lanka.
In his message, Minister Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff stated, “Sri Lanka is on the cusp of a major social and economic transformation. We need to ensure that the right skills and resources are available across the public and private sectors and IT will be a key component in this push. The government must work with international institutions such as Microsoft to level the playing field and give us an equal opportunity to compete effectively in the global market.”
Microsoft will continue standing partnership with the government in assisting the public sector to grasp the full potential of future-driven technology components such as Internet of Things (loT), big data and cloud computing. The government is positively looking at empowering key public sectors including education, healthcare, urban development and finance with the use of technology.
Speaking at the event, Brian Kealey, Microsoft Country Manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives said, “Microsoft is quite confident that Sri Lanka will see a smooth digital transformation and benefit from the merits of it through timely adoptions and proper monitoring of novel technologies. We look forward to work more with the government and help them to identify opportunities and develop solutions by sharing Microsoft’s global best practices and expertise working with governments the world over.”
After his recent visit to the Microsoft campus and subsequent discussions, Hon. Minister Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure made this comment at the press event, “Sri Lanka is well and truly on the correct path with regards to becoming a technology hub in the region. Over the decades, Sri Lanka has been recognized as a first-time technology adapting nation in the whole South Asian region. The rise of technologies like loT-and cloud computing is going to completely change the way how countries focus on developing ICT strategies. With focused and support coming from a global technology giant like Microsoft we will be able to pave the path to innovate more and reap the benefits of a well-executed digital economic model.” 

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