Given the scale and frequency of lies the Sri Lankan Central Bank puts out, this is perhaps a minor issue.
I was looking through some of our economic data and was surprised to note that the Central Bank has no clue as to how many Internet and E-mail subscribers there are in Sri Lanka. We can also safely guess that their method of ascertaining this figure is so primitive that they still only count PC’s with wired or wireless connections as a ‘subscriber’.
And why is the Central Bank conflating email subscribers with Internet consumers? Surely the two are wholly different metrics – a single Internet subscription can serve a family of email accounts, and one ICTA nanasala can serve a village of email accounts? When will our key policy making institutions wake up to common sense?
Taken from Selected Economic Indicators, December 2008
Small wonder then that ICTA and the President can’t agree on the numbers either. More importantly, what are the yardsticks the World Bank uses to judge the effectiveness of the millions of dollars it gives to the government for ICT development?
One hopes it is not Central Bank, ICTA or Presidential statistics.