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Jaffna to be developed as a knowledge hub

Jaffna is to be developed as a knowledge hub with the assistance of IT/BPO/KPO companies operating in Colombo. An IT sector delegation led by the Board of Investment (BOI) recently took some important steps in strengthening contacts and facilitating investments towards this end, Duminda Ariyasinghe, Executive Director (Investment Promotion) of the BOI, who led the delegation, said.

The delegation which comprised senior officials from the BOI, the Sri Lanka Association of Software Service Companies (SLASSCOM), the Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) and CEOs and senior executives from IT/BPO/KPO companies in Colombo concluded a successful IT-related Investment Promotion Mission to Jaffna recently. The objective was to encourage IT companies to start operations in Jaffna by tapping into the peninsula’s educated workforce.

Government Agent for Jaffna, K. Ganesh told the delegation that companies from the south should not look at Jaffna simply as a marketplace for their products but contribute to developing the region by creating jobs and opportunities.

Mr Ariyasinghe, said that the networking and the funding of the Tamil Diaspora should be tapped to expand the industry in Jaffna. With the laying of the fibre optic core network by Sri Lanka Telecom to Jaffna, the city is connected to the global high speed broadband network. Other carriers such as Dialog Telecom also provide high-speed wireless broadband connectivity.

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