01-July-2009: The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) and the Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM) have entered in to a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to promote the use of ICTs for development in Sri Lanka.  This was confirmed today when Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, the CEO of CTO and Mr Dinesh Saparamadu, the Vice President of SLASSCOM placed their signatures to the MoU memorandum of understanding. Under its terms the CTO and SLASSCOM agreed to mutually advance the course of ICT developments on a number of fronts including the sharing, transfer and exchange of information and knowledge through capacity building and training programmes as well as through events and workshops. The two organisations also agreed to leverage their resources jointly to promote research work on topical subjects that are beneficial to each party and beneficial to their stakeholders.

In a brief comment, Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, the CEO of the CTO said, “we at the CTO monitor the latest developments in the field of ICTs in order to assist our member countries to achieve their full potentials. Today ICTs have been rightly recognised as a critical component of development rather than a pastime for few to indulge in. The association CTO formed today with SLASSCOM will help Sri Lanka as a country to leverage its unique capabilities to usher the country to the next phase of development. We stand ready to contribute our knowledge-wealth to the endeavours of SLASSCOM to help Sri Lanka, a long standing member of the CTO, to reach new heights in development”

Sending his compliments from Sri Lanka, Ranjith Fernando, Chairman of SLASSCOM said “We are very excited to sign this MOU with the CTO, as this would enhance our cooperation, and would further help developments for our stakeholders. As a catalyst for growth for the Sri Lankan IT and BPO industry, we at SLASSCOM are engaged in the facilitation of trade and business, the propagation of education, the creation of employment, the encouraging of research and innovation by supporting the creation of a progressive national framework. We do hope that working together with the CTO will go a long way to offer mutual benefits to both organisations."

The two parties will discuss further to decide upon specific activities to be carried under the MoU. It is expected that this relationship will result in several joint events to promote awareness, build capacity and form relationships.