Governments worldwide are embracing digital transformation to better serve their citizens. In mid-2022, Sri Lanka embarked on the "gov.lk Website Platform" Project, recognizing the importance of accessible and up-to-date information. The goal was to streamline and simplify the often complex and time-consuming process of web development for government organizations. The tender process alone could extend to three months or more, deterring swift updates and improvements. The unavailability of trained personnel, lack of internal expertise, and inadequate funds further hindered regular website maintenance. Security and scalability issues also loomed over existing government websites, underscoring the need for a centralized solution. Unfortunately, this project was later cancelled
The objective of the project was to revolutionize the government's digital presence. Its overarching objective was to enhance efficiency, effectiveness, and convenience in developing government websites. Specific goals included the creation of a user-friendly gov.lk websites platform for developing and upgrading government websites efficiently, addressing security and scalability requirements, and facilitating data analysis for informed decision-making and information sharing.
The project's scope encompassed providing government organizations with a streamlined web development platform, reducing the complexities of procurement. This platform not only enabled quick website development but also addressed security and technical upgrades. Additionally, it entailed the revamping of the www.gov.lk website, serving as a gateway to government services.
The project's key milestones included the revamping of the www.gov.lk website, the development of the web development platform, user training, and awareness campaigns to promote the platform's adoption.