FITIS successfully concludes ICT Industry Open Forum 2018

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The ICT Vendors’ open forum is an annual forum organised by the Hardware Chapter of the Federation of IT Industry Sri Lanka to discuss problems, issues, policy and regulatory complexities, etc. faced by the ICT industry in Sri Lanka. It is a part of FITIS’s mandate to focus on protecting the rights of ICT businessmen and professionals, enabling them to make way for the development of ICT Industry in Sri Lanka. 

FITIS not only believes in public private partnership and in assisting the Government of Sri Lanka in ICT related objectives like National ICT Policy, but also believes in advocacy of end user rights such as cases of warranty, guarantee, counterfeit, de-regulation, fraud issues of grey channel and any other denial of end user rights.

In order to address these long-prevailed issues and obstacles of the ICT industry, the Hardware Chapter of the Federation of IT Industry Sri Lanka organised the 2018 edition of the open forum recently at OZO Colombo with a tremendous success. More than 100 ICT professionals representing the ICT industry gathered this occasion to raise their concerns to the authorities. In addition to that, the eminent panel of experts who took part at the forum representing several authorities could enlighten the industry on new changes to the procedures, advancements, new technologies, new procedures, etc. followed by those respective authorities to ease the processes of concerned problem areas.

Thanking the audience and the authorities who attended the forum, Fazloon Sheriff, the President of the Hardware Chapter of the Federation of IT industry Sri Lanka stated, “The ICT vendors, particularly in the Hardware sector dealers and agents are facing obstacles, difficulties, confusions and complexities in carrying out their day-to-day business resulting in loss of business and profits. In response to the issues and problems facing by the ICT Industry in Sri Lanka, FITIS Hardware Chapter organised this forum to discuss, brainstorm and to collectively find a way forward for the ICT vendors who are experiencing such difficulties. The overall expectation of the forum was successfully achieved as we could draw some conclusions on some burning issues and the eminent panel of experts gave their fullest support to the Industry by listening to the industry voice, taking our concerns favourably and enlightening us on possible solutions.” 

The eminent panel from the respective authorities consists of Ministry of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment Senior Assistant Secretary Waruna Sri Dhanapala, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka Consultant Indika de Soyza, Ministry of Defence Communication Advisor Technical Col. Jagath Premadasa, Inland Revenue Deputy Commissioner Mahesh Ranawaka, Consumer Affairs Authority Senior Legal Officer Gayani Ranasinghe, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Deputy Director M. Farook, Deputy Director of Customs A.W. Sudattha de Silva, Sri Lanka Police Chief Inspector, Digital Forensic Division CI Sampath Senarathna.

“It was a friendly discussion between the authorities and the ICT industry of Sri Lanka to address our issues in a sustainable way. The support we received from the authorities were commendable. We as the industry, thank all the panellists who attended the forum today for giving us such a valuable insights,” said ICT Industry Open Forum 2018 Project Chairman Hasalaka de Silva.