Yesterday (25) afternoon, President Ranil Wickremesinghe held a discussion at the Presidential Secretariat to discuss the importance of the “International Conference and Exhibition on the New Digital Economy” scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in the last quarter of this year. His observation was that Sri Lanka needs to improve its industrial education and training opportunities by introducing the latest technology to compete in the fourth and fifth industrial revolutions.
The exhibition will focus on modern technology tools, such as Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Internet of Things (IoT), Internet Services (IoS), Robotics, Big Data, Cloud Computing and Manufacturing and Advanced Augmented Reality Artificial Intelligence, in order to make Sri Lanka an export hub infused with modern technology and to stimulate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in service and export sectors.
The meeting was attended by State Minister of Technology Hon. Kanaka Herath, secretaries of line ministries, representatives from the Export Development Board (EDB), Sri Lanka Board of Investment (BOI), Chamber of Commerce, and Sri Lanka Information and Communication Technology Agency, and private sector representatives. It was agreed that the digital economy should benefit all social strata of the island.
The steering committee for this exhibition consists of representatives from 13 different line ministries, including Finance, Foreign Affairs, Industry, Education, Transport, Trade, and Agriculture, and is led by State Minister of Technology Hon. Kanaka Herath. – PMD