Business News Update: Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, held the programme segment of Dialog Prashansa – Future Connect Forum, the first initiative of its kind in Sri Lanka, in an attempt to educate and empower senior citizens on digital technology and build confidence and competence among the community.
Held in January 2020, this forum partnered with Derana 60+ and took a holistic approach to the subject, targeting multiple areas of knowledge in order to benefit participants. Topics covered during the forum ranged from how to use a smartphone, adapting to a digital lifestyle via mobile applications, social networking, online research and other online services such as e-banking, e-commerce and government services.
The programme follows Dialog’s successful launch of the Dialog Prashansa mobile package, a dedicated package for government service pensioners, in partnership with the Department of Pensions. The exclusive package includes a free smartphone, along with 200 on net minutes and 300 SMS free, with discounts on Roaming, IDD and VAS, in addition to a host of discounts for Asiri Hospitals and Doc 990, all for a price point as low as Rs. 638.
Commenting on the forum, Rainer Deutschmann, Group Chief Operating Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC said, “The launch of Dialog Prashansa, along with the success of the Future Connect Forum emphasize Dialog’s continuous efforts to cater to all communities in Sri Lanka, in order to further drive digital inclusivity for all and enrich lives and enterprises. It is also part of a larger roadmap to educate and empower all citizens to be digitally adept.”
Future instalments of the forum will be rolled out in all districts throughout the course of 2020. Additionally, Dialog also digitalised the department of pensions processes and launched the ‘Sri Lanka Pensions App’ in partnership with the Department of Pensions on National Pensioners’ Day marking the first mobile application in Sri Lanka for retired state sector employees, digitally empowering them to access services from the Department of Pensions.