prospects for software produced in Sri Lanka
Software Exporters Association Chairman Jayantha de Silva, said
the local software industry would benefit by the UPFA government's
first budget proposals where the use of software produced in Sri
Lanka is encouraged.
are pleased that our suggestions presented at the Budget proposals
meeting were accommodated", he said. The Budget proposals meeting
was initiated by Finance Minister Sarath Amunugama as a means of
taking into account diverse views when preparing this year’s
Association expressed its hopes this sector would grow rapidly and
become a major industry in Sri Lanka and even capable of providing
software for both the local and export markets.
primary objective is to develop this industry which currently has
a revenue of US$ 75 million and employing some 6,000, to one where
the revenue reaches US $ 1 billion and could provide employment
to about 40,000 people", he added.
de Silva said Sri Lanka has the skilled personnel to make this a
reality and international companies should be encouraged to invest
in Sri Lanka and to develop partnerships with local companies.
SEA has a membership of more than 40 companies and is actively working
with the Export Development Board, the Board of Investment of Sri
Lanka and the ICT Agency to promote Sri Lanka as a premier software