National Digital Transformation gets underway involving public and private sectors

National Digital Transformation gets underway involving public and private sectors

20 September 2020 07:09 pm

Sri Lanka’s ambitious National Digital Transformation programme is now being implemented in full swing with the involvement of public and private sectors.   

The private sector is also joining hands to further strengthen the national program to bring the benefits of digital technology to the people. Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) announced. 

This was confirmed by the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka and the Kaymu Lanka (Private) Limited (daraz.lk) recently. 

Under the guidance of ICTA,  Kaymu Lanka (Private) Limited  (Daraz) will work with island-wide  Smart Social Circles, Suhuruliya and the existing Nenasala network to provide the knowledge and training required to enable small and medium scale entrepreneurs to operate their businesses using the Internet.

Daraz.lk is an extensive online merchandising business and It is hoped that this initiative will enable SMEs to extend their local market presence while also work on entering overseas markets by promoting new business opportunities. 

ICTA and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka  now implements  a  national programme  under 4-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed  to support Sri Lanka’s aspirations for Digital Transformation.

ICTA and UNDP will be collaborating  towards the design and implementation of a comprehensive National Digital Strategy under the ‘Vistas of Prosperity’ national policy framework, with a specific focus on digital transformation of the public sector including re-engineering processes to ensure effective uptake of digital mechanisms.

The collaboration will also implement initiatives to bridge the ‘Digital Divide’ ensuring an inclusive digital transformation that leaves no one behind.

 In line with the national emphasis on recovery, the transformation agenda will also develop and implement a national strategy on digital economy to revitalise the economy in a post COVID-19 context.

The partnership will leverage the capacity of Citra Lab, GoSL and UNDP joint initiatives and build on existing public sector excellence initiatives such as the NextGenGov Fellowship Programme, to provide capacity building support and support ICTA’s institutional strengthening and realignment to lead an effective digital transformation agenda in Sri Lanka.