Tuesday 26th September 2017

Two of my colleagues and friends arrive from India for a short visit to attend a cyber-security summit-taking place on the 27th and 28th of this month. They give me a brief on the client meetings they have scheduled throughout the day. When we discuss the logistics of how they are getting to and from the meetings, I am told ‘no problems we will take an UBER’.

India’s sharing economy when it comes to transport is massive and it is great to see the team using the same mode of transport when in Sri Lanka. The travel expense goes straight onto their corporate cards and there is no need to claim cash expenses post the trip for out of pocket expenses.

At the end of the day I can’t help but ask how they went attending the client meetings and they explain there were no problems or delays which was great to hear. The only challenge with ride sharing organizations in Sri Lanka is they currently only service the main Colombo city capital so it’s not a model that can support communities more broadly.

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