By Sanjeevi Jayasuriya
The Information and Communication Technology
Agency (ICTA) with Intel, a soft ware company launched e -Sri
Lanka PC at a ceremony held in Colombo this week.
The objective of this launch was in keeping with
the government’s efforts in creating an awareness and to
increase the rate of the knowledge on Information Technology
The Minister of Science and technology Prof.
Tissa Vithara said that though the country has a high literacy
rate IT literacy level and computer penetration is low.
"We had 20 years of war and we are trying to
emerge from effects from Tsunami. However we need to increase
our competence in English as to receive the benefit of the
latest developments. It is essential to fill the poverty gap and
there should not a digital gap", he said.
The e Sri Lanka PC programme is focused on
digital inclusion aiming to drive awareness and adoption of the
benefits of owing and using PCs. Through the programme, ICTA and
Intel aim to increase the accessibility and use of PCs and the
internet and pave the way for Sri Lanka to become a Knowledge
Built by local resellers for ICTA, the e Sri
Lanka PC is based on Intel technology and will be installed with
educational tools and applications. The programme is expected to
further enhances the economic growth and job creation.