Sri Lanka, Australia computer societies forge new partnership

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The Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL), the apex bodies for information and communication technology professionals in respective countries, last week announced a joint commitment to work to improve trade in the region through improved professionalism in ICT.

ACS President Dr. Nick Tate and CSSL President Mahesh Perera signed the agreement at the conclusion of the South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation held in conjunction with the ACS’s Young IT Professionals Conference in Sydney 8-10 October 2012.

The conference brought together over 500 delegates during the three days including senior leaders from Fiji, India, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Australia including many CIOs and participation from Federal Minister Stephen Conroy, NSW Minister Greg Pearce and Federal MP Ed Husic.

The Sri Lankan delegation to Australia included CSSL President Mahesh Perera, CSSL Treasurer Luxaman Perera and CSSL Council Member Yasas Abeywickrama.

“The agreement will build on the good bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Australia while recognising that the power and value of the digital economy to both nations is only underpinned by the professionals who work in it,” Dr. Tate said.

CSSL President Mahesh Perera welcomed the agreement to strengthen bilateral collaboration to address the challenges within the global digital economy: “Sri Lanka and Australia both recognise the enormous growth potential of ICT for development and the new partnership will further strengthen professionalism and ICT competencies of members of the respective societies,” Perera said.

The Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) is the professional society for the Sri Lankan ICT sector. CSSL was established in 1976 to promote ICT professionalism, develop the science of ICT and encourage, increase, disseminate and promote knowledge, education and training.