The vision and key objective of the government is to enhance the ICT literacy rate to 75% by the year 2016 through the meaningful development of this vital segment in Sri Lanka, said Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya.
"IT-related exhibitions of the caliber of INFOTEL have played a pivotal role in widening the horizon of knowledge in the industry and giving an impetus to our sustained effort to achieve the goal of a significantly high ICT literacy ratio in the country", the Minister noted.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the inauguration of INFOTEL –2014, South Asia’s biggest Information and Technology Exhibition organized by the Federation of Information and Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS), recently at the BMICH in Colombo.
INFOTEL is the only key platform in Sri Lanka which brings together under one roof Chief Executives of companies, eminent professionals and decision-makers in the ICT sphere, apart from entrepreneurs, educationists, students from schools universities and people from all walks of life.
The Minister said that it is the vision of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to make Sri Lanka the Knowledge Hub of South Asia. To make this objective a reality, Sri Lanka should work concertedly towards achieving the target of a 75% ICT literacy rate by 2016. "I am positive we can reach this goal within the set timeframe".