COLOMBO | Thursday, 24 October 2019 | NewsLanka | by Claude Gunasekera | “Information and Communications Technology is the primary industry for the future of business in Sri Lanka as we are in paradigm shift to Digitalised Economy and the government is now focussed in digital infrastrctre” said Ajith B Perera, Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology. He said this when attended as Chief Guest at The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce flagship event ‘Future of Business’ held at Galle Face Hotel yesterday (on October 23), with a gatering of local and international experts of innovation, and those who are driving change within their organizations.
Minister further speaking said that who ever win on the fortcoming presidential elections, the new elected president has to change the school education system to include ICT right from the primary to create more IT professionals for tomorrow. He said the biggest struggle in the indstry at present is the shortage of people for IT and we face many difficlties to implement effecient ICT practices. He also said that such technology can even be used for National Security through Personal Identification Systems without making any inconenience to people. Minister accepted that ICT can do an amazing revolution but he said it requires a gigantic inestment. Hence he requested the private sector to join hands with the government to achieve it while he would provide the best possible assistance.
This transformative one-day programe was a perfect event for C-suite officers and senior executives in technology, strategy, marketing, HR and new business development. It was a great oppertnity for participants to learn how to drive innovation in their organizations, dissect what changes are happening now, what is on the horizon, and how their company can adapt to face the future. Reimagining the future of work was the focus of the event.
Sri Lankan businesses are at a pivotal point as a growing number of firms aspire to enter foreign markets and expand their product portfolios amidst a challenging economic and political landscape. Automation, AI and developments in communication are fundamentally changing the manner in which businesses operate globally. Given these rapid developments, businesses will be required to rethink their business models, workspaces and the manner in which they communicate. Firms that innovate adapt to change, and aspire to transform their businesses towards the future of the modern workplace; will thrive amidst this turbulent environment.
Speakers and panalists of the session were Dr. Jasmine Begum – Director, Legal, Corporate and Government Affairs, Microsoft ASEAN and New Markets, Dr. Vikrom Mathur, Founding Director – Tandem Research, Nishant Mahajan, Head of Executive Compensation and Rewards – Mercer (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Chandi Dharmaratne, Vice President Human Resources – Virtusa, Harsha Purasinghe, Founder/CEO – Microimage/MiHCM, Ankur Puri, Associate Partner Mcinsey & Copany, Tehani Renganathan, Deputy General Manager Strategic Transforation – MAS Holdings, Murali Prakash, Group Managing Director/CEO – Ambeon Holdings PLC, Abhishek Hariharan, Head of Strategic Planning – MullenLowe Sri Lanka, Joe Lenora, Founder – We Are Designers, Thlasee Shan, Cloud Specialist – Microsoft, Dileep dadeniya,Vice President – John Keells Group / Head of Brand Marketing Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts and CEO Cinnamon Life Mall, Russel Cooll, Area General Manager – ONYX Hospitality Group in Sri Lanka, Umeshi de Fonseka, Director IT / Chief Technology Officer – AIA Sri Lanka, Nissanga Warnapura, Managing Director Wilton MetalBox Co.(Pvt) Ltd, Ruwanti Fernando, Cief InforationOfficer, EFL Headqarters, Hasita Abeywardena, Country Manager Microsoft Sri Lana and Maldives