Sri Lanka's technology landscape:
Start-ups play vital role - SLASSCOM chairman
Building a vibrant knowledge economy fuelled by the IT sector, will
lay the foundation for Sri Lanka to become a middle income country,
Chairman, SLASSCOM, Mano Sekaram told the SLASSCOM AGM recently.
"Sri Lanka should create an asset-owning workforce for the ICT
industry, which would help eradicate the brain drain within the
industry. If we can create the same environment that they go looking for
in other countries, we can certainly stop this brain drain. We should
work with regulators and provide IT/BPM sector employees with access to
housing and other permanent assets," he said.
Sekaram emphasized the need to take the Sri Lankan IT/BPM sector to
the regions outside the Western Province to bring about inclusive growth
and reaffirmed the vital role start-ups will play in building Sri
Lanka's technology landscape and called for the strengthening of the
thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that will serve as the foundation for
the 1,000 Start-Up Initiative by 2022.
Sekaram who counts over 25 years of global experience in IT/Software
Management is an industry thought leader, and a regular representative
of Sri Lanka's IT/BPM industry nationally and globally.
SLASSCOM is the national chamber for the IT/BPM industry in Sri Lanka
and acts as the catalyst of growth for the Sri Lankan IT and BPM
industry by facilitating trade and business, propagation of education
and employment, encouragement of research and innovation, and by
supporting the creation of a progressive national policy framework.
It has an ambitious 2022 Vision to become a $5 billion industry,
creating 200,000 direct jobs and launching 1,000 start-ups.