Sri Lanka aiming to expand deeper into AI to emerge as global knowledge hub

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-25 18:26:16|Editor: mingmei
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COLOMBO, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's information technology industry is aiming to expand deeper into artificial intelligence and use its strengths to support the country's goal of becoming a knowledge hub, local media reports said here Monday.

Chairman of the Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM), Ranil Rajapakse, speaking at the AI Asia Summit, an industry forum held in capital Colombo, said it is important for Sri Lanka to expand the knowledge of AI and related technologies throughout the population of the country.

"Sri Lanka is progressing rapidly, and going deeper into AI is a crucial contribution to Sri Lanka's ambitious target of becoming a hub for knowledge and innovation," Rajapakse said.

Speaking at the event, Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Trine Jøranli Eskedal said that the Norwegian Embassy in Sri Lanka had signed a two year agreement with SLASSCOM to foster collaboration with Sri Lanka's ICT industry as it is important to expand the knowledge of AI and related technologies.

In June, the SLASSCOM launched an Artificial Intelligence (AI) policy for Sri Lanka in partnership with the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and the Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Telecom aiming to put forward a national approach to how Sri Lanka can place AI and robotics at the service of its citizens and economy.