ECONOMYNEXT-Opposition MP Harin Fernando is saying that if Sri Lanka is to go forward as a digital country, first, there is a need for digital payment platforms but no such thing was mentioned in the budget speech.
Speaking in Parliament this morning, he said that when India is conducting transactions through WhatsApp, Sri Lanka is unable to even get Paypal its people.
Fernando who was the Cabinet Minister of Telecommunication said that he was able to introduce Stripe online payment platform which was the second-best after Paypal but since the Central Bank did not approve it the project was not implemented.
“Due to delays in the governments, none of these projects could be taken forward,” he said.
“But I’m happy that this subject is under the President. I request the President to appoint a digital task force made up of experts,”
Further, he said if the Google Loon Project which was done during the former government had existed today there would be no problem in Internet connectivity to rural communities and Zoom classroom for students could have been conducted.
“Sri Lankan government did not even pay a cent for the project, it was sabotaged by the former President. President Rajapaksa has allocated Rs 15 billion to TRCSL to give 4G, If the loon project was done 4G technology could have been provided to the entire country,” Fernando said.
He said that today Kenya had got countrywide 4G technology as the project was given to them by Google after it was removed from Sri Lanka.
Moreover, he said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the only person who can do the digital revolution in this country as TRCSL is under him. (Colombo/Nov23/2020)
Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe