Leading global tech giant HCL opens Global Development Center in Sri Lanka
One of the leading global technology companies, HCL Technologies (HCL) has officially opened its Global Development Center in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, Colombo.
The center was inaugurated by Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay in the presence of Shiv Nadar, Founder, Managing Director and Chief Strategy Officer, HCL Technologies and C. Vijayakumar, President and Chief Executive Officer, HCL Technologies via a virtual ceremony.
HCL’s office in Colombo will be home to world-class infrastructure, multi-layered data and physical security protocols, and high-end systems to support its global customer base.
From its new state-of-the-art office, HCL will primarily focus on offering next-generation solutions to serve major blue-chip organizations.
Commenting during the virtual inauguration event, Prime Minister Rajapaksa has been quoted as saying in Sri Lanka’s state owned Daily News, “As a nation, we are not only honoured to welcome a multinational technology giant such as HCL but we are also thankful for the opportunities the centre will offer our youth. Presence of a global ICT leader such as HCL technologies is not only an asset to Sri Lanka but also sends a strong message to the entire world that Sri Lanka is back in business, having successfully contained the global pandemic.”
According to reports, the office in Colombo, which currently has a seating capacity for more than 650 employees, already has over 100 new HCL local recruits.
“We have a strong cultural link up with Sri Lanka. India and Sri Lanka have contributed to each other’s growth and prosperity. Our efforts are focused on creating employment and we plan to establish a very large presence here. I am looking forward to seeing motivated and energized young Lankans join HCL and help us deliver on our promise – both to our clients and as well as to the country,” Shiv Nadar, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, HCL Technologies has said.
HCL joined hands with the Board of Investment (BOI) of Sri Lanka in February 2020 to launch its local entity — HCL Technologies Lanka (Private) Limited and set up its first delivery center in the region. HCL will provide services to global clients in the areas of Applications and System Integration Services and Infrastructure Services from its Colombo office.
Sri Lanka is fast growing as a ICT hub in the South Asian region. Sri Lanka’s growing economy along with its identification as a key point in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has increased trade and economic interests in Sri Lanka. Also, Sri Lanka’s geographical positioning in the Indian Ocean, ease of doing business environment and the many trade agreements as well as trade concessions enjoyed by the country have made it a business hub in the South Asian region. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore explore opportunities in Sri Lanka’s ICT and digital infrastructure development sectors.