Recently, at the World Economic Forum Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met with Jean-Philippe Courtois, President of Microsoft International. The meeting between the two saw a discussion as to how Microsoft would best assist the Sri Lankan Government to create a cross-government productivity platform to enhance the ICT landscape and digitalize the economy.
Microsoft has shown a keen interest to help accelerate world class education capabilities in Sri Lanka. To this end, it wants to partner with the Ministry of Education to develop a 21st century learning plan. This plan involves piloting transformation projects with the Government including ‘Smart Classrooms’.
Help is already on the way
Thus, in order to support the Government’s digital transformation and good governance (Yahapalanaya) agenda, Microsoft will focus on aiding the Sri Lankan Government. This assistance will be in areas such as education, innovation, entrepreneurship and modern government, fields that Microsoft already operates in. Further to that, Microsoft has extended its support for the Government’s goal of providing one million jobs and one million devices to transform education and digitize the government.
In addition, the Tech giant is also interested in assisting the Ministry of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure. Microsoft wants to assist in the establishment of a Government Security Program to enable regular monitoring on cyber threats and security.
Furthermore, this isn’t the first time the two parties have met. Previously, a meeting was held between the two parties at last year’s forum in Davos. This meeting discussed the opportunities of fast-tracking the local attainment of a “Digital Sri Lanka.” This meeting set the foundation for a MoU, which is scheduled to be signed between the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure and Microsoft Sri Lanka.