FITIS to Host API Asia Conference 2023 in Sri Lanka, Fuelling TheDigital Economy.

Sri Lankais gearing up to host the API Asia Conference 2023 for the second time, with this year’s event scheduled for November 16th at Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.Organized by the Federation of Information Technology Sri Lanka (FITIS), the apex body of the ICT industry, this conference aims to be catalyst for transforming the ICT sector and accelerating efforts to create a digitally empowered Sri Lanka. The event was officially launched on 6th September 2023 at a press conference held at President’s Media Centre under the patronage of the Minister of Technology, Hon. Kanaka Herath and several distinguished government and industry officials.

The conference is expected to drawover500 professionals,including industry and business leadersand technology experts, all seeking valuable insights into how their organizations can thrive in an increasingly competitive marketthrough digital transformation. Under thetheme , ‘Fuelling The Digital Economy’, the conference boasts a line-up of esteemed global speakers from Asia Pacific who will share their inspiring and insightful thoughts throughout the conference. Key tracks will focus onFinTech, AI, and Smart Cities, highlighting the pivotal role these domains play in the digital era.

Speaking at the press conference, the Hon. Minister highlighted that; API Asia 2023 offers a valuable platform where stakeholders from around the world can converge, exchange ideas, and cultivate partnerships that will mold the trajectory of technology and innovation in Sri Lanka and beyond. This event serves as a resounding testament to our commitment to harnessing the full potential of APIs to expedite the progress of our nation.

The minister further stated that, the government’s “DigiEcon” initiative is meticulously crafted to propel economic growth through digital technologies. At the core of this initiative lies APIs, which serve as the linchpin connecting businesses, government services, and citizens within an ecosystem brimming with innovation and opportunity. The focus of this event on APIs within the realms of Fintech, AI, and Smart Cities magnifies our determination to realize the full potential of the digital economy.

At its core, the API Asia conference 2023 seeks to underscore the critical importance of digital transformation and the need for businesses to harness the power of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The conference encourages participants to explore the possibilities of connecting with APIs,

Mr, Indika De Zoysa, Chairman of FITIS, emphasized the challenges faced by the corporate executive in managing technology finances and growth effectively. He stated,“Embracing technology is a formidable task, as it requires juggling technology integration, financial management and sustainable growth, all while ensuring that investments for the future are made with informed decision-making.” Indika further added, “Technology plays a major role as the enabler in this context, making events like API Asia 2023 invaluable for gaining insights into the latest trends, best practices, and innovative API use cases.” Indika underscored the significance of technology as a catalyst for business progression and highlighted that with a line-up of renowned speakers, hands-on workshops and engaging panel discussions, attendees can deeply delve into API development, security, governances and their applications across various industries.

Mr. Sanjaya Dayananda, President of FITIS Software Chapter and Co-Chair of the API Asia Conference 2023, emphasized the ubiquitous influence of APIs across society and enterprise services.“APis are integral to the digital transformation efforts of organizations, making this conference relevant to API developers, business leaders, and enthusiasts alike.According to him, FITIS has partnered with some of the world’s leading API providers to facilitate local companies’ connections and growth at the conference. He stated, “APIs are now pivotal for streamlining operations, product development, business strategy, and scalability. The conference expects to attract many participants from the countries in the region.”

Mangala Rodrigo, FITIS Software Chapter Exco member and Co-Chair of the API Asia Conference, highlighted that the event will offer diverse learning experiences. Mangala stated, “We are excited to present a multifaceted learning experience at the conference. Attendees can look forward to three dynamic tracks: AI Summit, The FinTech Summit and SmartCities track by integrating AI, IoT, and FinTech for sustainable growth and informed progress.”

Mr. ThusheraKawdawatta, CEO of Axiata Digital Labs, the Strategic Partner of the API Asia Conference, expressed his enthusiasm for this event, saying, “The API Asia Conference 2023 represents a remarkable opportunity to foster innovation and collaboration within the ICT industry. As a strategic partner, Axiata Digital Labs is committed to playing a pivotal role in driving digital transformation and connectivity in Sri Lanka and the Asia Pacific region. We believe in the power of APIs to revolutionize businesses and are thrilled to be part of this endeavour.”

In conclusion, the upcoming API Asia Conference 2023 stands as a beacon of innovation and collaboration, poised to usher in a new era of digital transformation and connectivity in Sri Lanka and the broader Asia Pacific region. The API Asia Conference 2023 promises to be a pivotal event, where industry leaders, tech enthusiasts, and forward-thinkers unite to shape the digital landscape of tomorrow. We look forward to welcoming you in Colombo, where innovation knows no bounds, and the future is powered by APIs.

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