TRACE, an organisation committed to promoting technology and innovation in Sri Lanka, yesterday urged the government to reconsider the current ban of social media.
“The IT/BPM sector is the country’s fifth largest export earner and plays a vital role in the Sri Lankan economy. The current ban impacts businesses, both large and small, that rely on social media as a marketplace and form of marketing.
It further creates a negative image of Sri Lanka, at a time when it is trying to position itself towards being a knowledge-based economy – key to which is the open and transparent sharing of information,” TRACE said in a statement.
“As Sri Lanka enters this new chapter in its economic development, all stakeholders, from the government to private companies to entrepreneurs, must work together to ensure we have a society and economy that is open and equitable to all,”
TRACE board of directors consists of University of Moratuwa and Paraqum Technologies CEO Dr. Ajith Pasqual, Codegen International CEO Dr. Harsha Subasinghe, Codegen International President Legal and Operations Kusal Subasinghe, Sri Lanka Technological Campus CEO Ranjith Rubasinghe, 99x Technology CEO Mano Sekaram, Calcey Technologies CEO Mangala Karunarathne, Lanka Bell MD Prasad Samarasinghe, Zone24x7 GM and VP Engineering Sankalpa Gamwarige, Orange Electric MD Kushan Kodithuwakku and fashion designer Stephan Jochim.