MoU signed between India and Sri Lanka for promoting cooperation in the field of IT and Electronics

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between India and Sri Lanka for promoting co-operation in Information Technology and Electronics (IT &E) field.

An official release of Press Information Bureau of India said the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been apprised of the MoU between India and Sri Lanka.

The MoU was signed on 15th January, 2018 during the visit of Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad to Sri Lanka.

The MoU intends to promote closer co-operation in the areas of e-Governance, m-Governance, e-Public Services Delivery, cyber security, software technology parks, start-ups ecosystem etc.

The MoU will be implemented by establishing a Working Group on IT&E composed of representatives of the two Parties. Bilateral Cooperation in ICT domain both B2B and G2G will be enhanced.

India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has been mandated to promote international cooperation in the emerging and frontier areas of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) under bilateral and regional framework of cooperation.

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka in 2015 did a synergy in India’s neighborhood first policy. To extend the cooperation to IT sector, the Indian Mission in Colombo and Ministry of External Affairs had emphasized on evolving a framework for active cooperation. In this regard, the MeitY has negotiated a comprehensive MoU for a focused cooperation in ICT areas such as in e-Governance, cyber security, B2B partnership, IT education and research / innovation, etc.

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