Noida based information technology (IT) services company HCL Technologies has signed an agreement with the Board of Investment in Sri Lanka to set up a global delivery centre in Colombo.
HCL’s local entity, HCL Technologies Lanka, will work with IT companies and engineering institutions in the country to train the local talent pool.
The delivery centre will provide services in the areas of applications and system integration services, infrastructure services and digital process operations. Workers at the new centre will cater to a pool of global clients.
“By imbibing our ideapreneurship culture we will be aiming to provide best-in-class support to the global clients with the help of local talent pool,” corporate vice president of HCL Technologies, Srimathi Shivashankar said.
Ideaprenrurship refers to the company’s principle of innovation.
“We are one of the best destinations for providing off-shore services for information technology enabled service (ITEs) as well as services related to finance and accounting, legal, insurance, banking and telecommunications,” Champika Malalgoda, Director General of the Board of Investment (BOI) of Sri Lanka said.
The partnership lines up with Sri Lanka’s framework for the IT sector, according to the statement.
Under the national digital policy for Sri Lanka 2020-2025, the country aims at achieving $5 billion export revenue by at least 2022 and 200,000 ICT (information communication technology) jobs by the same time. As of 2018, the island nation had a computer literacy rating of 38%.
Recently, local IT lobby body, Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) signed an agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to position the country as a destination for knowledge solutions.
HCL hosts a number of innovation labs and delivery centres across the world. Late last year, it had opened two new delivery centres in Lithuania to cater its digital transformation capabilities for clients in the Baltic, Nordic and Benelux regions.