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The World Bank on Thursday signed a US$ 53 million deal with the Republic of Sri Lanka, funds to back its island-wide Information and Communications Technology diffusion project.
The funds will be available to the ICT Agency to rollout a number of pilot projects and initiate rural telecommunications projects.rn

rnKey elements of the first phase of the e-Sri Lanka program and lay the ground work for a sustainable e-development process.rn

rnInitial projects will include licensing rural telecom networks, facilitating technology rollout by sorting out impediments like interconnection and re-engineer State operations to increase information availability and transparency. rn

rnBy the World Banks standards, lack of transparency, poor governance and rural access afflict Sri Lanka. rn

rnThe Bank feels that investment in information infrastructure including telecenters, especially in rural areas, can bring equity in information flows that are directly relevant to peoples lives – in areas such as market p