Sri Lanka’s first-ever ‘Digital Economy Strategy’ – questions in the horizon? (VIDEO)

Sri Lanka’s first-ever ‘Digital Economy Strategy’ – questions in the horizon? (VIDEO)

Written by Lahiru Fernando

08 Jan, 2018 | 10:46 pm

Plans have been drawn to implement Sri Lanka’s first-ever ‘Digital Economy Strategy’.

According to the Prime Minister’s office, this will be done together with;

  • The Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure
  • McKinsey and Company (a global management consulting firm)

11 weeks, 3 phases

McKinsey and Co have been handed a 11-week assignment with three phases.

Phase I

  • A look into Sri Lanka’s current situation
  • Sri Lanka’s readiness to move into a digital economy

Phase II

  • Designing three flagship programs to kick-start the Digital Economy
  • Ten projects to establish key enablers to support the Digital Economy

Phase III

  • Launching these programs

The report presented at the steering committee meeting held on January 4, 2018 revealed that the first phase will commence on January 15, with the third and final phase scheduled for an early April kick off.

How was McKinsey and Co. selected?

The vision of the Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) is to create “A Digitally Inclusive Sri Lanka.”

So we at News 1st spoke the acting CEO of ICTA Dr. Ajith Madurapperuma to inquire about the new initiative.

Dr. Madurapperuma acknowledged that he is aware of such a program, adding that the ICTA is acting in a consultancy capacity and that it is not directly involved in the initiative.

When inquired into how McKinsey and Company was selected for the process, Dr. Madurapperuma stated that he was unaware of the decision making process and requested us to inquire in this regard from the Prime Minister and the Subject Ministry Secretary.


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