The Sri Lanka Embassy in Jakarta organized two interactive sessions between Sri Lankan and Indonesian authorities to discuss collaboration and partnership in the ICT sector on 13 January 2022.
Representing the Sri Lanka side Director General of the Export Development Board Chitranjali Dissanayake and senior officials of the Board, Sri Lanka Association for Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM) and Federation of Information and Technology Industry (FITIS) participated in the meeting. Chairman of the National ICT Council of Indonesia Dr. Ilham Habibie and senior officials of the Council participated from Indonesia side.
The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Indonesia and ASEAN Yasoja Gunasekera stated that Sri Lanka, the Island of ingenuity has been celebrated for innovation, creativity and problem solving capabilities for centuries and Sri Lankan ICT companies are now exporting software products and services to leading markets in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Further ICT services are now the 4th largest export earner of the country. Sri Lanka has an international reputation for excellence in the ICT sector including Sri Lanka ranking among the top 10 emerging global destinations by Global Service Magazine, Ranking at 11 in the A.T. Kearney’s Global Services Location Index (GSLI) in 2017; ranking in Gartners’ 30 leading Locations for offshore services and ranking No.1 in South Asia in the United Nations e-Government survey.
The Sri Lankan participants elaborated the facilities and potentials available in Sri Lanka in the ICT sector such as highly qualified IT professionals, availability of affordable class A office spaces, private sector owned dedicated IT/BPM, eight telecom operators, five international submarine cables and regulations in place for data protection. The Indonesian side expressed willingness to collaborate with Sri Lanka and suggested entering into a MoU in the ICT sector. Both side discussed actions taken by Sri Lanka and Indonesia to up skill digital talents and agreed to organize a Start-up Forum to connect start-ups from the two countries.
Given the requirement in Indonesia to up skill the workforce and train more human resources in line with requirements of the digital economy, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT), CINEC Campus, Sri Lanka Technology Campus (SLTC), Edith Cowan University participated in the meeting to highlight world class IT education facilities available in Sri Lanka.
A follow up meeting will take place later this month to establish road map towards collaboration between Sri Lanka and Indonesia in the ICT sector.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
19 January 2022