Vow to em­power Sri Lanka dig­i­tally

The Star Early Edition - - COMPANIES -

CHI­NESE multi­na­tional com­pany Huawei yes­ter­day vowed to strengthen Sri Lanka’s dig­i­tal econ­omy and trans­form the is­land na­tion into a dig­i­tally em­pow­ered one. At the un­veil­ing of a new cen­tre in the cap­i­tal, Colombo, Shunli Wang, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Huawei Sri Lanka, said Sri Lanka was a po­ten­tial mar­ket be­cause of where it is lo­cated in the In­dian Ocean and that it has the po­ten­tial to con­nect to the rest of the world. Wang said that, with a pop­u­la­tion of 20 mil­lion, Sri Lanka was an as­pir­ing mar­ket and Huawei was try­ing to help the na­tional govern­ment to achieve its goal of dig­i­tal em­pow­er­ment. “Cur­rently, Sri Lanka gains 80 per­cent of its in­for­ma­tion from over­seas. As time goes on, Sri Lanka will need to com­mu­ni­cate more with the world. We are willing to do more in terms of con­nect­ing Sri Lanka to the rest of the world,” Wang said. The newly opened Huawei Cus­tomer So­lu­tions In­no­va­tion and In­te­gra­tion Ex­pe­ri­ence Cen­tre (CSIC) will en­able cus­tomers to ex­pe­ri­ence, val­i­date and build in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions (ICT). The CSIC, which is built on the con­cept of cloud com­put­ing and lead­ing in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy in­fra­struc­ture, will al­low cus­tomers to de­velop in­no­va­tive ICT so­lu­tions, share Huawei’s global best prac­tices and ex­change ideas. It will fa­cil­i­tate in­no­va­tion based on cus­tomers’ de­mands and busi­ness en­vi­ron­ments. Sri Lanka’s Min­is­ter of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and Dig­i­tal In­fra­struc­ture, Harin Fer­nando, said at the launch: “As we progress to de­velop Sri Lanka to be a dig­i­tally em­pow­ered na­tion, the role of in­for­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy be­comes even more vi­tal. The launch of the Huawei Cus­tomer So­lu­tions In­no­va­tion and In­te­gra­tion Ex­pe­ri­ence Cen­tre would fur­ther help us to in­no­vate as we work to­gether to bridge the dig­i­tal di­vide and help cit­i­zens to en­hance their liv­ing stan­dards and qual­ity of life.”

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