Posted by: lrrp | November 29, 2007

Sri Lanka unable to meet targeted workforce in the IT sector

Sri Lanka is still unable to meet the targeted workforce of about 4000 employees annually resulting in a significant negative impact on the industry.
According to the ICT Workforce Survey 2007 for Sri Lanka showed that the Sri Lanka ICT industry can absorb 3000 to 4000 employees on an annual basis. To develop a plan to increase the number of Sri Lankans employable by the ICT industry the ICBP supported the five associations that are represented in its advisory committee in hosting the National ICT Capacity Summit (NCIS) as well as they held a carrer guidance fair from September 1 – 2 in order to create awareness regarding ICT career among students.
“The twin role of private sector and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has long been recognized by the World Bank as critical to development efforts around the world”, World Bank Country Director Naoko Ishii stated. She went on to say that in these times of accelerated globalization, grey matter is a country’s main durable resource and its exploitation for economic and social well-being is increasingly at the centre of development strategies.
With globalization and the technological revolution of the last few decades, knowledge has clearly become the key driver of competitiveness and is now profoundly reshaping the patterns of the world’s economic growth and activity. Both developed and developing countries should therefore think, with some urgency, about their future under a Knowledge Economy (KE) heading.
To become successful knowledge economies, countries have to rethink and act simultaneously on four pillars, namely, first, their education base, second, their innovation systems, third, their information and communication technology infrastructure, and fourth, building a high-quality economic and institutional regime.
It is encouraging to see that the Government of Sri Lanka espouses this new paradigm as evidenced by the on-going e-Sri Lanka initiative. Efforts at varying degrees are underway towards addressing the four policy pillars education, innovation, ICT and the prerequisite economic and institutional regime to realize the KE agenda.
Simultaneously, alternative options toward development of the broadband backbone infrastructure to help reduce the cost of internet connectivity are actively being explored.
The e-gov program for providing e-government services by far the largest and the most complex component is beginning to make inroads. E-Society program is producing tangible social benefits in a fairly short period of time. For instance, the e-Society flagship Shilpa Sayura e-curriculum software for grades 6 through 11 developed by eFusion has been installed in 20 Nenasalas, and recently won an award at eIndia contest for innovation.
Today’s program focuses on ICT Education and Industry Promotion component, which is being implemented through an ICT Capacity Building Fund (ICBF). This component’s principal objectives include strengthening ICT management and professional skills in the private sector. The principal target groups for this program are ICT industry, ICT training institutions, SMEs, and ICT-related professional associations. We are happy to note that good progress is being made on a myriad fronts.
Grants of US$35000 each are offered for larger companies attempting significant innovation in the ICT space.It also offers scholarships for courses relevant to workers entering the ITES industry which covers the ICCSP an internationally accredited certification for entry levels ITES employees for which more than 180 scholarships are awarded.

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