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Published on : Oct 14, 2015

Two prominent mobile manufacturers from Taiwan and China are planning to setup tab and smartphone manufacturing plants in Sri Lanka. Harin Fernando, the telecommunication and digital infrastructure minister, stated that the government is planning to increase the usage of ICT across the country to offer tabs to the residents at affordable prices. At the e-Health Asia 2015 conference held at the Cinnamon Grand, Harin said that the government plans to sell around one million tablets, priced at under Rs.10,000 each, across the country. According to Harin, steps will also be taken to increase the usage of smartphones from 25% to 88% in coming years. 

China and Taiwan government is willing to invest in Sri Lanka to develop the ICT infrastructure in the next budget. This is the reason why the government has created a new ministry for digital infrastructure, said Harin. According to Fernando, the Sri Lanka government is planning to develop e-health facilities across the country to enable the patients to communicate with doctors online and send them the reports. With such developments and online channeling, online consultation will be easily available for the patients and doctors. The minister further stated that they are waiting for an agreement with the Bank of Ceylon, to offer low-interest loans to the people who are willing to purchase the tabs. 

With this, it is clear that the China and Taiwan mobile/tab manufacturers can anticipate demand for at least one million tabs. Rajitha Seneratne, the health minister of Sri Lanka said that they will soon introduce ICT-based techniques to offer enhanced health services for the patients. By using ICT technologies, data cards enabled with an electronic chip will soon be introduced in the health sector, which will store patients’ reports and medical data. This will enable the patients to keep aside the bulk files of medical history while visiting hospitals and doctors.