Colombo, January 14 (Doordarshan and Agencies): Indian Union Minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad will pay a three-day visit to Sri Lanka beginning Sunday. During his visit, India and Sri Lanka will sign Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the IT sector.
Prasad will hold talks with the Sri Lankan IT Minister Harin Fernando and will call on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe..
Sri Lankan Ministry secretary Vasantha Desapriya the two sides will also sign a Joint Intent Agreement through which the Indian government will help set up E-office system in Sri Lanka. The National Informatics centre (NIC) will provide necessary technical assistance for this.
The two countries will also sign an agreement for extending of the National Knowledge Network (NKN) for exchange of ideas between Indian universities, to ten Sri Lankan universities.
India and Sri Lanka are in discussion for Economic and Technical cooperation agreement (ETCA) and cooperation in IT sector is one of the main pillars of proposed agreement.
Prasad will deliver a memorial lecture in remembrance of Sri Lanka’s former Foreign Minister Laxman Kadirgamar. The lecture will focus on various aspects of India – Sri Lanka relations.
(The featured picture at the top is that of the Indian IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad)