Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama recently praised Sri Lanka’s IT industry as being a remarkable success story in the country’s economy. He also observed that the FTA with Singapore would make Sri Lanka an attractive digital and logistics hub for the region as the agreement offers improved access to ASEAN countries.

Speaking at the launch of the IT-BPM industry’s official brand ‘Island of Ingenuity,’ he noted that the local IT industry had become globally competitive, due to the population’s unique talents, a focus on quality and reliability, and ingenuity and creativity.

Identified as one of six priority focus industries, an action plan was created with the input of IT industry leaders. Budget 2018 also included an IT initiative that is expected to support regional IT entrepreneurship and skills availability for the industry.