India, Sri Lanka to cooperate in IT & Electronics

The memorandum of understanding intend to promote closer cooperation in the areas of e-Governance, m-Governance, e-Public Services Delivery, cyber security, software technology parks, startups ecosystem, among others

March 14, 2018

An MoU to this effect was signed on January 15th during the visit of India’s Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, to Sri Lanka

This will boost bilateral cooperation in the information and communication technology (ICT) domain through business-to-business and government-to-government exchanges

To extend this cooperation to the IT domain, the Indian Mission in Colombo and India’s Ministry of External Affairs has emphasised on evolving a framework for active cooperation

India has negotiated a comprehensive agreement for a focussed cooperation in ICT areas such as e-Governance, cyber security, B2B partnership, IT education and research / innovation, etc

India and Sri Lanka have entered into a preliminary agreement to promote cooperation in the field of Information Technology and Electronics. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed on January 15th, 2018 during the visit of India’s Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, to Sri Lanka. India’s Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been apprised of the deal, according to an official statement on March 14th. The deal intends to promote closer cooperation in the areas of e-Governance, m-Governance, e-Public services delivery, cyber security, software technology parks, startups ecosystem, among others.

The agreement will be implemented through the establishment of a working group on IT&E composed of representatives of the two parties. This will boost bilateral cooperation in the information and communication technology (ICT) domain through business-to-business and government-to-government exchanges. To extend this cooperation to the IT domain, the Indian Mission in Colombo and India’s Ministry of External Affairs has emphasised on evolving a framework for active cooperation. In this regard, the Government has negotiated a comprehensive agreement for a focussed cooperation in ICT areas such as e-Governance, cyber security, B2B partnership, IT education and research / innovation, etc.

India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has been mandated to promote international cooperation in the emerging and frontier areas of ICT under bilateral and regional framework of cooperation. Accordingly, MeitY has entered into agreements with various countries to promote cooperation and exchange of information in the area of ICT.  Such agreements come as part of the Government of India’s efforts to employ modern technology and innovation to bolster foreign relations, especially in the immediate neighbourhood. The Southeast Asia region features strong economic growth prospects that stand to gain immensely from the right implementation of IT solutions.