Feb 07, 2017

ICTA implements revamped technology infrastructure for MFA

The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) took another step towards creating a digitally empowered nation by implementing an electronic Document Attesting System (eDAS) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on 06th of February 2017.

Using this electronic system, citizens can now get their certificates attested and certified within five to fifteen minutes, by merely accessing one single counter at the Consular division of MFA.

This service at the consular division of the MFA was inaugurated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs - Mangala Samaraweera, while Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs - Dr.  Harsha De Silva, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Mr. Esala Weerakoon, Secretary to the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, Mr. Wasantha Deshapriya, Chairperson of ICTA Mrs. Chitranganie Mubarak and MD/CEO of ICTA Mr Muhunthan Canagey also participated at this event.

Till the launch of this electronic system, the MFA followed a manual process of document attestation and certification and citizens had to spend two days to obtain this service. However, as a result of the newly implemented technological infrastructure the issuing of certificates can now be done within 15 minutes. The state of the art infrastructure includes high speed scanners and biometric authentication for ensuring document safety, traceability, good governance and transparency.

The center has been implemented with the modern queue management system which enables citizens to book appointments using their mobile phones and provides notifications on their mobiles as well.

The solution was deployed on the Government Cloud infrastructure and connected using the government network. The system will also be extended to all foreign embassies.

Meanwhile, the Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was relocated to the Ceylinco Building, 2nd Floor, No. 69 Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 01 with effect from yesterday (Feb. 06).