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* Sri Lanka keen to increase ICT reaching 75 percent of its population
Tue, Aug 26, 2014, 12:29 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 26, Colombo: While Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in Sri Lanka is expanding and currently has reached over 50 percent of the population, the government is keen to see this rise with speed to 75 percent and beyond, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said.

President Rajapaksa, in his message to congratulate on National Information Technology Conference (NITC) 2014 that will be held from today, said the government's drive to increase the ICT reach is in keeping with the priority given by the Government for inclusive development that incorporates ICT literacy and the wider availability of ICT - based tools for Sri Lanka to be transformed into an Information Society.

"The theme of this Conference 'ICT for Inclusive Development' is most timely in view of the rapid expansion in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the impact it is having on the social and economic progress of nations throughout the world," he said.

He said that Sri Lanka being the current Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth of Nations, it is most appropriate that this Conference will focus on aspects of ICT development that is relevant to all members of the Commonwealth and also look at how such progress could influence the post - 2015 Millennium Development Goals.

The 32nd National Information Technology Conference (NITC) 2014 organized by the Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) was inaugurated Monday (August 25) at the Main Conference Hall of the Bandaranaike International Conference Hall (BMICH), Colombo. The main conference will be held from August 26 to 27 at the Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo.

The Conference attracts a cross section of the Sri Lankan ICT industry, ranging from CIOs to Software Developers and it will have speakers from Sri Lanka as well as from overseas.

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