This book represents the collective work of many people over several years. It focuses on the design of the e–Sri Lanka development program and thus first acknowledges those who initiated the program. The e–Sri Lanka program owes much debt to early Sri Lankan champions and visionaries: the Honorable Milinda Moragoda, then minister of economic reform, science, and technology; Eran Wickremaratne, chief executive officer (CEO) of Sri Lanka’s National Development Bank; and Charita Ratwatte, then secretary of the Ministry of Finance. Champions also include the founding directors of Sri Lanka’s newly created Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Agency, particularly Professor Rohan Samarajiva and Dr. Hans Wijesuriya.
Ongoing implementation of the program owes much to the current government of Sri Lanka, particularly to the championship of H. E. The President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakse; Lalith Weeratunga, secretary to the president of Sri Lanka and a passionate advocate of a connected government; and Professor Tissa Vitharana, minister of science and technology. It is this bipartisan ownership that has ensured the continued evolution of the program. Much credit must go to Manju Haththotuwa, current CEO of the ICT Agency, who has spanned the phases of design and implementation so far and ably led the ICT Agency from its