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Fast Growth Of Information Technology Industry In Sri Lanka

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Information Technology industry ( IT ) is one of the fastest growing Fields in Sri Lanka.Skilled professionals and rapidly developing infrastructure make Sri Lanka the rising ICT hub in Asia.Information Technology in Sri lanka refers to the business process outsourcing,Knowledge process outsourcing,software development,IT Services and IT education in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is ranked among the top 50 outsourcing destinations by AT Kearney (ranked at 11 in 2017) and Colombo is ranked among "Top 20 Emerging Cities" by Global Services Magazine.For the purpose of developing IT in sri lanka,Computer Society Of Sri lanka was started in 1976. Sri Lanka's IT industry has a short span of history starting around 2000.IT sector has been Identified as a priority sector for economic development in the country.


Ranked at 12 by IBM "Local Trends Reports", ranked at 11 by AT Kearney "Global service Location index", ranked within 30 by Gartner "Leading Locations for offshore services",ranked within 19 by Global services "Global centers of excellence for finance & Accounting outsourcing", ranked at 7 by Tholons "Emerging Global cities for finance & Accounting Outsourcing" and ranked at 1 by National Outsourcing Association "Outsourcing destination of the year" in 2013 and 2014. short listed for the award in 2015.

Business Process Outsourcing

Sri Lanka is one of the leading destination for providing Offshore services for IT. Sri Lanka is an Offshore development center and joint venture hub for several Fortune Companies from North America,UK,Australia,Sweden,Norway and Japan.Well Known Customers of Sri Lankan Business Process Outsourcing Industry include Google,J.P Morgan &Co, Microsoft,Emirates,Infor and Qatar Airways.Many global service providers such as HSBC, WNS, Accenture, Dialog Axiata, Copal Amba, Medigain, E&Y and Donnelley selected sri Lanka to set up their businesses. Sri Lanka's BPO cost is 30% lower than other offshore destinations.

IT education

Sri Lanka has a proud heritage of free education from primary to tertiary levels and a youth literacy level of 98%,a feat any middle-income country can be proud of.The country today has a student population of 4 million students at 10,000 schools over 200,000 teachers within the country's education system and the Sri Lankan government has taken steps to integrate IT education to school education curriculum since the year 2006.The urban population of sri lanka records a computer literacy level of 39.2% while computer literacy in rural areas and estates are at a considerably lower 25.5% and 9% respectively.With the mission to drive IT literacy in srilanka Forward,4500 schools have been provided with IT infrastructure for student centered IT learning. IT has a significant level of role in the development of education to the next era.This will directly contributes government policy on "Digitization of the economy" by promoting IT education at all Level of education and made younger generation more accessible to global job opportunities.


Information Technologies have a significant potential in improving lives of people.Empowering people to better track,manage and improve their own and their family's better.more productive lives and thus improving society.The digital health programme of government aimed to create a digital health ecosystem in the country introducing electronic health records in government health care service and creating an enabling environment for private sector health care professionals academic and all other stakeholders to productively engage in implementing digital health across the country.


Information Technology can play a key role in this field.Transportation is one of the important components which has direct impacts on the economy of the country. Effective usage of IT emerging technologies and proper governance and regulatory frameworks are essential for the areas such as Increasing number of vehicles entering to the country,road traffic,expansions of expressways and railways.Public Transport environmental impacts and convenience have become more important in this context.We should use IT to make logistic services more efficient.

Sri Lanka's IT industry's goal is to achieve USD 5 billion in exports by 2022 while creating 200,000 jobs and uplifting 1,000 tech startups. IT sector grew by 120% over the past five years making it one of the highest growth areas in the economy and is the fifth largest export segment. Sri Lankan government aims to transform Sri Lanka towards a digitally inclusive country with a creative Knowledge based society.

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