ICT 'innovation 'environment' by Ericsson
Ericsson in collaboration with the Ministry of Telecommunication and
Digital Infrastructure, launched 'Nation Building through ICT Innovation
and Inclusion' initiative in Colombo, coinciding with the inauguration
of Ericsson's new state-of-the-art premises in the country.
The Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Ministry and
Ericsson signed a Letter Of Intent (LOI) to set up an inclusive and
diverse ICT innovation environment that stimulates a broad range of ICT
ecosystem partnerships. Minister of Telecommunication and Digital
Infrastructure, Harin Fernando was also present at the launch.
Minister Harin Fernando exchanges the LOI with the Head of
Sri Lanka, Denis Brunetti.
The LOI highlights the role ICT plays as the key enabler of the
government's Digital Sri Lanka vision. It includes a series of Ericsson
initiatives such as the setting up of a 5G innovation centre, coupled
with a gender and differently-abled diversity internship program that
encourages entrepreneurship and generates employment opportunities
across a range of industries, a company release said.
Head of Ericsson Sri Lanka, Denis Brunetti said, "In recognition of
the enduring partnership Ericsson has shared with the people of Sri
Lanka for over 20 years, it gives me great pride and pleasure to forge
this Nation Building alliance with the government.
"As demonstrated through Ericsson's Connect to Learn initiative in
Sri Lanka, which utilizes mobility, broadband and cloud to bring ICT
education to teenage girls from farming communities and empower their
future, Ericsson is committed to harnessing the power of ICT to forge
ecosystem partnerships that deliver benefits to the people of Sri Lanka.
"Through this collaboration, we are investing further in our
commitment to the people of Sri Lanka by launching the 'Nation Building
through ICT Innovation and Inclusion' initiative, in partnership with
the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, which aims
to ensure that a broader range of contributions to ICT development and
innovation are embraced and favorably leveraged across the country.
As well as fueling the further expansion of our Connect to Learn
service to Badulla and Jaffna in 2016, this strategic partnership will
contribute a 5G innovation environment and an annual Ericsson ICT
Internship program involving female ICT students from Moratuwa
University and differently-abled ICT students from across the Sri Lankan
community," he said.
Minister Fernando commended the Ericsson team for taking the lead as
a responsible corporate citizen and long-term Nation Building partner to
the people of Sri Lanka.
"We are delighted to have joined hands with Ericsson in forging this
historic 'Nation Building through ICT Innovation and Inclusion'
strategic partnership, which ultimately aims to reduce the digital
divide in the country."
"Through this collaboration, we will engage in multiple Technologies
for Good initiatives that put technology into the hands of people at the
grassroots, across all walks of life.
"We believe in the power of ICT and equal opportunity for all. This
long-term partnership with Ericsson will create new and exciting
employment opportunities while instilling a strong sense of
entrepreneurship throughout society," he said.