ICTA takes e-Government policy to the North
ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) Re-Engineering Government Programme Director Wasantha Deshapriya said that implementing the e-Government policy island-wide fully would immensely contribute to making every citizen’s life very comfortable. ICTA programme Director – Re-engineering Government said so during his keynote addresses at two workshops held in the North last week.
The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka held these workshops for promoting the implementation of the e-Government policy in the north recently. The first of these was held at the workshop hall of the Public Library in Jaffna on Wednesday 30th. This was followed by the second held at the workshop hall of the Jaffna District Secretariat on Thursday 31st. Speaking further on the occasion Wasantha Deshaepriya attested that an insight into the e-Government policy and improvement of leadership qualities and team spirit contributed greatly to implementing the e-Government policy successfully. "The workshops that ICTA has organised provides an opportunity for the participants to be equipped with these qualities. The interactive presentations and teamwork games included in the workshops aim at making all participants fully equipped to implement this cabinet-approved policy most successfully", Deshapriya said.
In addition to Wasantha Deshapriya, ICTA Human Resource Development Programme Head Nalini Senasekera and Public Administration Ministry Senior Assistant Secretary and Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) K. A. Wimalendrarajah also made presentations at these two workshops. From these presentations the participants gained an understanding of the e-Sri Lanka initiative, ICTA and ICTA’s e-Government Innovation Project in general. They were given a detailed exposure on the e-Government policy and strategies for implementing it. CIO Wimalendrarajah’s presentation on "The role of CIOs in implementing the e-Government policy" brought out several specific examples of implementing the e-Government policy in more practical terms.
More than 60 Government personnel including Northern Provincial Council Chief Secretary A. Sivaswamy, Northern Province Governor’s Secretary S. Rangarajah, heads of North Provincial Council Ministries and CIOs participated in the Northern Provincial Council ‘e-Government policy’ workshop held at the Jaffna library. More than 100 Government officers including District and Divisional Secretaries and CIOs and other administrative officers of the Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaittivu Districts and Divisions in these three Districts participated in the ‘e-Government policy’ workshop held at the workshop hall of the Jaffna District Secretariat.