The Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS), the apex body of the ICT industry in the country, in a letter addressed to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has strongly condemned the attacks that took place across the country on Easter Sunday, which killed innocent people, and injured hundreds more, which also resulted in a substantial damage to the properties and the economy.
Following is the rest of the text of the letter signed by FITIS Chairman Abbas Kamrudeen:
Fighting this new threat without giving up our freedom, will require a strong intelligence gathering infrastructure, security establishment, strong leadership and excellent communication.
Therefore, as a leading industry association, we request the Government; Opposition and all political parties represented in Parliament to unite and work together to find a quick and permanent solution to the prevailing terrorist attacks while ensuring firm and corrective decisions are taken in ensuring the safety of the people and security of the country.
At a crisis situation like this, we believe both the private sector as well as the industry associations and professional bodies must come forward and pledge their support and help address the various challenges the country is facing at presence, while also assisting the Government in this time of need.
Therefore, we would like to request a meeting with both the President and Prime Minister as well as top leaders of the security establishment to discuss and explain how FITIS members can contribute to the Government by utilising the new advanced technology which can strengthen the country’s security system, while also helping enhance and safeguarding the economy.
While reiterating FITIS’s fullest support to the Government to stabilise the security in Sri Lanka, we urge the Government to seriously consider our request to strengthen the country’s security by utilising the advanced technological tools with the assistance of local companies coming under FITIS, who are already ready and available to assist the Government at any time.