India’s IT Minister in SL

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By 2018-01-16

Indian Union Minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad arrived in Colombo on 14 January for a three-day visit. During his visit, he will call on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and discuss issues of mutual interest.

Prasad will also have meetings with his Sri Lankan counterpart Harin Fernando during which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the information technology (IT) sector between the two countries will be signed.

Sri Lankan Ministry Secretary Vasantha Deshapriya told our correspondent that apart from the MoU, both sides will also sign a joint intent agreement where the Indian Government will help to set up an Electronic-office system in Sri Lanka. The National Informatics Centre (NIC) of India will provide the necessary technical assistance in this regard.

Both countries will also sign an agreement for the extending of the national knowledge network (NKN) for the exchange of ideas between the Indian universities, and 10 Sri Lankan universities.

India and Sri Lanka are in discussions for an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) and cooperation in the IT sector is one of the main pillars of the proposed agreement.

Prasad will also deliver a memorial lecture in remembrance of Sri Lanka's former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. The lecture will focus on various aspects of India – Sri Lanka relations.

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