Taking to his Facebook last week, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva praised Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Former Secretary to Ministry of Defence and Urban Development for making Trace Expert City a reality during his time in office.
“One of the best things Gotabhaya Rajapaksa did was to support the ideas of those who proposed Trace City as a hub for IT based innovation after the original plan for the space was cancelled,” Minister wrote.
Located in Maradana, Trace houses a group of successful businesses and experts that strive to put the country on the map through innovation, entrepreneurship and technology.
The project’s purpose is to create an ecosystem that is conducive for innovation to propel the country towards establishing itself as a knowledge and technology hub in the region.
Dr. de Silva visited the Vega Garage with the Secretary to the Prime Minister, Saman Ekanayaka.
Vega Garage is the brainchild of Dr. Harsha Subasinghe who also the Chief Executive Officer of CodeGen which is a technology provider that specializes on end-to-end travel software reservation systems for the global travel and tourism industry.
The minister said: “the kid from University of Moratuwa explained to us the dashboard he is designing based on the traditional Kandyan dancing.”
Dr. de Silva said that he has been advising the Prime Minister over the last few months on focusing on innovation.
He also said that the Prime Minister’s secretary was pleasantly surprised after seeing what was possible right here in Sri Lanka.
“By the way it was I who protested vociferously in Parliament as an opposition MP when the Mahinda Rajapaksa government attempted to give away the 29 acres to the brother in law of a very powerful official at the time; for free,” the minister wrote referring to the premises in which Trace is located.
He added: “Yes, it is all in the Hansard. I am so glad I did that. Now I will do whatever I can to create the ecosystem for greater innovation at Trace and across this wonderful country.”