Sri Lanka’s Cabinet has approved the launch of ‘Phase 2’ of the ‘e-Sri Lanka’ ICT development initiative, which is aimed at improving the national economy and general quality of life, while reducing poverty. e-Sri Lanka consists of six programmes: ICT Policy, Leadership and Institutional Development; Information Infrastructure; Re-engineering Government; Human Resource Development; ICT Investment and Private Sector Development; and e-Society. Phase 1, launched in 2004 in collaboration with the World Bank and costing USD83 million, is scheduled to close in December 2013, while Phase 2 is set to be implemented over five to six years, starting in the first quarter of 2014, Futuregov.asia reports. According to quoted project development indicators from the World Bank, the number of citizens and businesses in Sri Lanka who have access to and use online public services rose from ‘zero’ to 5.8 million as of September 2011, while 80% of the areas targeted under the project had improved access to and used ICT services as of March 2011.
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