Chief Digital Information Officer Development Framework launched to drive digital transformation in the public sector

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Chief Digital Information Officer Development Framework launched to drive digital transformation in the public sector


Sun, Oct 3, 2021, 11:23 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 03, Colombo: The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) has launched a program recently to make the digital transformation process in government institutions more efficient.

In line with the National Digital Transformation Agenda, ICTA with the guidance of Ministry of Technology embarked a national initiative to capacitate capable digital leaders who would facilitate and lead the Digital Transformation of the government.

The initiative was launched virtually in the presence of the Secretary to the Ministry of Technology, Jayantha De Silva, Chairman of ICTA, Oshada Senanayake, Chief Executive Office of ICTA, Eng. Mahinda B.Herath and many distinguished speakers and invitees from the public and government sectors.

This is a part of the government capacity building drive, which will be implemented for the entire government workforce. The objective is to develop an efficient workforce of the government and to upgrade government institutions to a higher level through digitalization and Chief Digital Information Officers (CDIOs) will be empowered to implement the program.

The objective is to capacitate and appoint 500 CDIOs in government organizations by 2024. The CDIOs are expected to drive their organization, towards a digitally matured organization. All government officers are invited to be a part of the digital transformation journey.

The program has been identified as a more timely, effective effort to reduce costs, ensure faster service delivery and maintain transparency in all transactions and interactions within government agencies.

The program is being implemented in line with the Government’s drive to build a technology-based economy that has been identified as a key strategy.

The program launched by the ICTA clearly identified the responsibilities and paths to be taken by key digital information officers. It also identifies the guidelines and minimum qualification framework required for any public servant to be considered for a post.

Commenting on this initiative, Jayantha De Silva, secretary to the Ministry of Technology, stated, “the government of Sri Lanka is fully committed to supporting this initiative launched by ICTA. A significant shift is expected within the Government sector towards a citizen-centric government in the next three years. Therefore, we urge government sector employees to step forward and be part of this initiative as ICTA facilitates Capacity-building, focusing on developing a capable government workforce”.

Chairman ICTA, Oshada Senanayake stated, “as much as we focus on a journey of digital transformation across the public sector, a key imperative is capacity-building and up-skilling for sustainability in the long term. The Government CDIO Program would be pivotal in ensuring the introduction of technology as a catalyst within the public sector, harmonizing digital initiatives with organizational processes and policies, aligned to ensuring an optimum user experience to the public.”

The CDIO framework launched today will outline the roadmap of the government CDIO initiative for the public sector of Sri Lanka. In addition, the framework will provide the necessary guidance and minimum qualifications and competencies required for any government employee to consider the position of CDIO.

Ramesh Shanmuganathan, Executive Vice President/Group CIO John Keels Holdings PLC. and Ms. Ama Ekanayaka, Head of IT, Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC gave inspiring and thought-provoking talks during the session, relating to their experiences in the private sector that can be applied to transform Sri Lanka.

Anura De Alwis, Chief Digital Economy Officer ICTA, introduced the pool of mentors dedicated to assisting in this process. Namely, Ramesh Shanmuganathan, Group CIO John Keells Holdings PLC, Ms. Anoja Basnayake, Director IT A. Baur and Co. Pvt.Ltd, Madhu Ratnayake, Executive Vice President/ CIO, Virtusa and Board Member ICTA, K.V. Kuganathan, Group CIO Janashakthi Group, Ms. Ama Ekanayake, Head of IT, Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC. and Jehan Mutalif, Chief Digital Officer MAS Holdings.

ICTA’s Chief Officers along with Director, Capacity Building were also present at this forum which was successfully concluded. All government officers are invited to take part and be a part of the Digital Government Transformation along with the multi-faceted capacity building drive.

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