GOVERNMENT CONCLUDES AGREEMENT WITH MICROSOFT
Peace continues to attract economic development
in Sri Lanka
In a further indication that the peaceful environment in Sri
Lanka is winning new friends, a ground breaking deal was done
with international computer software giant Microsoft today.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the
Minister for Economic Reform, Science & Technology, Hon. Milinda
Moragoda for the Government and President, Microsoft Asia Pacific,
Mr. Sanjay Mirchandani of Microsoft to further Sri Lanka's efforts
to transform itself into a Information Economy and extend the
benefits of the digital world to many more of its citizens, particularly
The Memorandum of Understanding committed Microsoft to a substantial
presence in Sri Lanka and intends to contribute to the social
and economic development of the country. They will be making the
world standard Windows software available in both
the Singhalese and Tamil languages under the Microsoft Language
Interface Program. They have also agreed to develop local Information
Technology (IT) skills competence for students, teachers and government
employees. This will greatly enhance the chances of future jobs
for many of our youth.
In a further show of support Microsoft will work with the newly
formed ICT Agency (ICTA) to establish a State of Art Innovation
Centre in order to deliver Strategic E-Government projects.
Microsoft is a committed company in running training programmes
and as part of the MOU they have also agreed to help the Government
in running training programmes for school teachers as well as
building specific curricula for schools and universities.
With the new Intellectual Properties Act about to come into force
Microsoft will also help the Government to run seminars and education
campaigns on IPR issues and enforcement in cooperation with other
IT interests in Sri Lanka.
Minister Milinda Moragoda hailed the signing of the MOU as a
significant advance for the country in its progress towards widespread
Information Technology literacy. He said Microsoft is a
worldwide technology leader with branches all over the world.
That they should want to come to Sri Lanka at this time is recognition
that the country is accelerating out of the problems of the past
few years. With the Permanent Ceasefire Agreement continuing to
hold and the economy picking up almost daily this agreement is
a further tremendous boost to the creation of jobs and the future
prosperity of the country. I might also add that where Microsoft
goes today many others tend to follow tomorrow.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
05 November 2003