NCS-CEYLINCO Consortium Awarded E-Government Strategy Consultancy Project

Singapore, September 9, 2003

The consortium comprising National Computer Systems Pte Ltd (NCS), a leading regional IT and communications engineering services provider, and Ceylinco Technology Infrastructure (Pvt) Limited, a member of the Ceylinco Group, has been awarded the "e-Government Strategy Consultancy" project by the Information Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) for the Sri Lankan Government. The Ceylinco Group is the largest conglomerate in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka e-Government Strategy Consultancy project, funded by the World Bank, will map out the e-government framework and flagship projects that will accelerate the realisation of the e-Sri Lanka initiative. The consultancy project is expected to be completed by February 2004.

The e-Sri Lanka initiative is a government-private sector driven infocomm technology (ICT) initiative aimed at increasing Sri Lanka's overall national productivity and improving her global competitiveness. One of its key goals is to propel the country's long-term economic and social prosperity through the implementation of various impactful e-Government projects. e-Sri Lanka will fundamentally rationalise Sri Lanka's public services, move her up the economic value chain and propel the country into a knowledge-based economy.

The NCS-Ceylinco consortium, working closely with the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka and other government departments, will spearhead the development of a comprehensive architecture and roadmap for a national IT infrastructure, flagship e-services and IT policy framework for the Sri Lanka Government. These e-services will strive to raise the quality of life for citizens of Sri Lanka, boost competitiveness of its businesses and enhance public service efficiency. The roadmap will establish the nation's e-Government direction to streamline administrative processes, raise public service standards and ultimately, improve civil service productivity.

NCS, the lead consultant, has been involved in e-Government and computerisation initiatives for the governments of Singapore, Mauritius and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HK SAR) since the early 1980s. It will provide e-Government best practices and expertise whilst Ceylinco Technology Infrastructure will impart local content and knowledge. Emphasis will be placed on e-Government best practice localisation and knowledge transfer to improve the technical and governance abilities of catalyst agencies.

The ICTA today commissioned the Sri Lanka e-Government Strategy Consultancy project in Colombo.

Mr Manju Hathotuwa, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICTA, said at the commissioning ceremony, "We are indeed pleased to have engaged NCS, a company with a long and proven track record in e-Government to take the lead in Sri Lanka's e-Government initiative. NCS, has after all, taken Singapore to the very pinnacle of e-Government practice in the world and made them the 'best-of-breed'. We hope to leverage on NCS' strong domain knowledge, methodologies and practices to jumpstart our own national flagship e-Government programme for the economic and social prosperity of Sri Lanka."

"The Government of Sri Lanka has made great strides in its e-Sri Lanka initiative. NCS intends to draw on its more than twenty years of e-Government expertise in planning, building and managing e-Government projects in the Asia Pacific region for this project, said Dr Chong Yoke Sin, Chief Operating Officer of NCS. "We will work closely with ICTA and other government agencies to develop an integrated blueprint that connects people, businesses and the government", she added.

Mr Tan Ching Khoon, Director of Ceylinco Technology Infrastructure and Chairman, Transview Holdings Ltd said. "Singapore has a strong track record of IT in government and business and this experience can be shared with many other countries in the world. The e-Government program of Sri Lanka, funded by the World Bank is the right strategy to bring Sri Lanka the benefits brought about by the deployment of technology in Government for efficient public services infrastructure."

Deshamanya Dr. Lalith Kotelawala, Chairman of Ceylinco Consolidated, said "Ceylinco Consolidated is proud to be associated with National Computer Systems of Singapore for the first consultancy phase of the e-Government project in Sri Lanka. Ceylinco with a long history in Sri Lanka, and NCS with its proven capability will no doubt be a powerful combination. With this project, I am sure we will contribute to the future of Sri Lanka in IT systems."

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