Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pledged not to waste even an ounce of human talent in Sri Lanka when he addressed the young employees of WNS Global Services (Pvt) Ltd, a pioneer IT/BPM operator in Sri Lanka. Quoting Parakramabahu the Great that not one single drop of water would be allowed to flow to the sea without being fully utilized, Wickremesinghe said his government would employ a similar approach towards the country’s talent pool. The PM said that IT and related industries are crucial to the country’s future and committed to provide the support required to grow the industry.
During his visit, the Prime Minister met with Managing Director WNS Dinesh Wickremanayake, and senior representatives of the company.Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama and the Director General of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI), Duminda Ariyasinghe also participated in the discussions on expediting the country’s future IT growth.
WNS started its operations in Colombo with 35 employees in 2004, and today it has over 700 employees across two locations. WNS has successfully tapped into the country’s high-end Finance & Accounting and Legal talents to set up its first Global Centre of Excellence in Financial and Accounting Outsourcing (FAO) in Colombo, outside of India. As a testament to the ingenuity and innovative capabilities of Sri Lankan talent, WNS incubated and rolled out Robotic Process Automation (RPA) initiatives across their client engagements globally. The company employs over 35,000 professionals across 53 centers worldwide.