The Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) has already developed an innovative program to cater to the evolving industry changes and also meet the challenges ahead.
FITIS Chairman Chinthaka Wijewickrama said at their recent AGM that FITIS has mapped out a program of action encompassing many initiatives to be implemented in 2015 with the sole objective of contributing towards the overall development and progress of the ICT industry in Sri Lanka.
The INFOTEL – 2015 Information and Technology Exhibition, proposed launch of a National ICT Directory, Program to improving IT literacy amongst senior citizens, establishment of a proposed Employment Bank for ICT sector, implementation of a waste management project, strengthening the cordial relationships with regional ICT organizations, starting of regional chapters and newest in Jaffna, conducting the APICTA Computer Software Contest and the Young Computer Scientists Competition, introducing the National Information Technology Quiz program, creation of IT Societies in schools which will to linked to FITIS, conducting the tech-forum workshops, implementing professional and amateur training programs and organizing friendly cricket matches to further develop cordial ties amongst IT vendors, are some of the key projects lined up for implementation by FITIS.
The Sri Lanka Computer Vendors Association, which is the body representing the Hardware Chapter of FITIS, the Sri Lanka Association for the Software Industry representing the Software Chapter of FITIS and the Association of Computer Training Organizations representing the Training Chapter also held their annual general meetings during the FITIS launch. The new office bearers and members of the Executive Councils of the respective Associations were elected on the occasion.
Accordingly, Derrick Fernanduz, was elected new President of the Sri Lanka Computer Vendors Association representing the Hardware Chapter of FITIS, Sudath Amarasinghe as Vice President, Poojitha Rajapaksha as Secretary, Ahmed Shaheer as Vice Secretary, Naleem Farook as Treasurer and Fazloon Sheriff as Deputy Treasurer. Messrs. A Jayaseelan, Vasantha Weerakoon and Udaya De Silva were elected members of the Advisory Committee. Gnanam S. Lalith Perera, Dinesh Kumar, Prabath Wickremaarachchi, Prabath Gunasekara and Nushan Rafeel were elected members of the Executive Committee.
At the AGM of the Sri Lanka Association for the Software Industry representing the Software Chapter of FITIS, Abbas Kamrudeen was elected new President, while Welington Perera was elected Vice President. Dhanika Perera, Sudarshan Wellihinda, Suren Rupasinghe, Thushitha Kularatne, T. Baheerrathan, Gamini Fernando, Prasath Hettiarachchi, Udaya De Silva, Crishan Perera, Dr. Tariq Marikkar, Fahard Hussain, Zia Cader and Dr. M. Ramasuddu were to the Executive Committee.
At the AGM of the Association of Computer Training Organizations representing the Training Chapter of FITIS, Dr. Viraj Pinto was elected new President, Upul Dasanayake as Vice President, S. Romesh as Secretary, Amila Bandara as Vice Secretary, Vajira Karunarathne as Treasurer and M. Ziyam as Deputy Treasurer. Azard Ishak, Kapila Giragama, Pradeep Pushpakumara, Sanjeewa Perera, M. Fairooz and Mrs. Luciana Maurene were members of the Executive Committee.
The Sri Lanka ICT Industry Association, The Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) constitutes the Sri Lanka Computer Vendors Association (SLCVA) – the Hardware Chapter, Sri Lanka Association for the Software Industry (SLASI) – the Software Chapter, Association of Computer Training Organizations (ACTOS) – the Training Chapter, Lanka Internet Service Providers Association (LISPA)/(TPA) – the Telecommunications Chapter and Information Systems Audit & Control Association (ISACA) – the Professional Chapter.
FITIS has been in operation for the past 20 years as the unified umbrella organization of the ICT industry in Sri Lanka. FITIS has been actively engaged in setting the strategic direction and developing the ICT industry in Sri Lanka with many programs which have been successfully implemented. There are 200 organizations representing the respective Chapters which are members of FITIS.