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e-Asia 2009 the best event so far, say delegates

e-Asia 2009, the fourth in the series of the premier ICT event in Asia is the best e-Asia so far. This was the consensus of opinion expressed by all the delegates who offered their feedback at the last plenary session held at room B of BMICH Colombo last Friday evening.

"I have attended all the e-India and all the e-Asia conferences and exhibitions. I say that from all aspects including hospitality from the security personnel at the entrance to the head table e-Asia 2009 is by far the best", India's Department of Information Technology Senior Technical Director Ashis Sanyal said.

Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies President M. P. Narayanan said that e-Asia 2009 did not end with the final session but would continue through the internet and other means of communication. Delegates from Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Pakistan, and Portugal etc. too were full of plaudits for e-Asia 2009.

e-Asia 2006 was held in Thailand while e-Asia 2007 and 2008 were held in Malaysia. e-Asia 2009 declared open by President Mahinda Rajapakse at BMICH Colombo on Wednesday morning (Dec. 02) and it concluded in the late evening of Friday (Dec.4).

ICTA's Chief Operating Officer Reshan Dewapura said that Sri Lanka would most willingly and positively respond to the invitation to be country partner for e-Asia 2009 which is scheduled to be hosted by the Philippines.

While e-Asia 2009 which ended on Friday was themed "Opportunities for Digital Asia", e-Asia 2011is unofficially lined up to be held in Bangladesh to coincide with the 40th anniversary of its Independence.

Speaking at the valedictory session Additional secretary to the President Dr. I.H.K Mahanama urged the audience to be unofficial ambassadors of Sri Lanka disseminating the true picture of the country on which they had all commended copiously at the session. "Let us also propagate the e-Culture of Asia", Dr. Mahanama urged.

About 25 countries particularly from Asia but including USA and Europe also participated in the conference. "The success of the event far exceeded our expectations. By the second day our expected target for the three-day exhibition, namely30,000 visitors had long been achieved" ICTA Chief Operating Officer Reshan Dewapura concluded.


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Comment by Seu Yapa on December 8, 2009 at 5:16pm
Me 2 Ms. Tess. yes.. see u soon.. :))))
Comment by Tess Camba on December 8, 2009 at 2:50pm
Congratulations again to ICTA, CSDMS and all the partners on the success of eAsia 2009.

Glad to have met you Seuwandi. See you in Bangkok soon.
Comment by Jimmy L. Calata on December 8, 2009 at 12:59pm
and so with Niranjan and the rest of the Sri Lankans who are very active contributors in this online community...
Comment by Jimmy L. Calata on December 8, 2009 at 12:57pm
I hope to c u 2 here in d Philippines nxt yr young lady...
Comment by Seu Yapa on December 8, 2009 at 11:35am
Good idea Jimmy.. hope I will be there for the eAsia 2010 in Philippines :))))
Comment by Jimmy L. Calata on December 8, 2009 at 9:48am
Sri Lanka's positive response to the invitation to be one among the country partners for e-Asia 2010 which is scheduled to be hosted by the Philippines will surely make next year's event a "better" ICT event in Asia and also for our global telecentre movement. At this point, I suggest that next year's theme will revolve around the many roles that telecentres and their partners can and will play vis-a-vis Asian and global development.
Comment by Seu Yapa on December 8, 2009 at 3:06am
I agree with Neranjan :))))
Comment by Niranjan Meegammana on December 7, 2009 at 9:25pm
e-ASIA held in Sri Lanka created a platform for many local telecenter operators to interact with professionals and will help their development. The new learning made in session will help shape telecentre 2.0. It would be best if we can have presentations, papers and videos uploaded so that it will provide knowledge for future. ICTA and CSDMS effort including partners, exhibitors, speakers is commendable. I wish if more members participated, e-ASIA 2010 in Philippines would be very interesting with telecentre 2.0

Niranjan Meegammana
Shilpa Sayura Foundation
Comment by Seu Yapa on December 7, 2009 at 7:15pm
Hi Ship... I wish if u could come for the event s I met Yukthi.. i sent my love to u along with her...Thankx to u 2.
Comment by Shipra Sharma on December 7, 2009 at 6:06pm
Thanks Seu for posting this brief. CSDMS events always rock and rock others too! :-))

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