Date : 24th March 2014
Venue : Main Auditorium, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute
Chief Guest : Mr. Gotabhaya Jayaratne, Secretary, Ministry of IT & Telecommunication
- Mr. M C M Farook, Deputy Director, Spectrum Policy and Data-base Management, Telecommunication Regulatory Commissions (TRC)
- Ms. Sajeewani Kasthuriarachchi, Deputy Director Legal, Consumer Protection Authority (CPA)
- Mr. Thushara Suraweera, Programme Specialist, (ICTA)
- M J Gunawardena, Superintendent of Customs – Imports Division, Sri Lanka Customs
1) “Procedures relating to licensing of Telecommunications equipment”
2) “RMA – Matters relating to Warranties of ICT Products”
3) “Government policies related to Hardware Procurement & Experiences”
4) “Customs related issues affecting ICT industry”
As a part of FITIS’s mandate we 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 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.
The ICT vendors, particularly in the Hardware sector dealers and agents are facing many obstacles, difficulties, confusions and complexities in carrying out their day-to-day business due to many irregularities, anomalies, policy and regulatory complexities, market distortions etc. resulting in loss of business and profits.
In response to this developing situation, FITIS is organising an open forum to discuss, brainstorm and to collectively find a way forward for the ICT vendors who are experiencing such difficulties.
Eminant Panel of spekaers attended the open forum representing various government and private institutions to respond the inqueries raised by the ICT industry.
FITIS members raising questions to the panel regarding their issues.
Date : 29th January 2016
Venue : Auditorium Institute of Charted Accountants of Sri Lanka
Chief Guest : Hon Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure
A key ICT industry open forum to take up for discussion and evolve solutions to the common problems confronting the information and communication technology (ICT) industry in Sri Lanka will be held under the patronage of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), on January 29, at 3:00 p.m. Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Minister, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Customs, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), Consumer Affairs Authority, Finance Ministry, Inland Revenue Department and Defence Ministry are scheduled to participate in this parley organised by the Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS). Expressing his views on the forthcoming conference, FITIS President Chinthaka Wijewickrama said, “With a strategic goal in place, Sri Lanka is optimistic of achieving US $ 5 billion worth of IT exports by the year 2022. Similarly, we are confident of creating 250,000 plus viable employment opportunities in the IT sector. In addition, the industry is also pushing ahead with plans to enhance computer literacy to 100 percent.