Colombo, April 25: Delivering a special address at whe Webinar on ‘The Economic Scenario of Sri Lanka: Current Status and Way Ahead”, organized by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the High Commissioner of India highlighted the areas of prospective economic cooperation between India and Sri Lanka. He particularly focused on connectivity, IT, renewable energy and tourism.
Delivering the keynote address, the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Nandalal Weerasinghe reiterated that making the Indian Rupee (INR) a designated currency by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka enables not only trade settlements between the two countries in INR but also Indian tourists coming to Sri Lanka to use INR for transactions.
He also expressed support for the linking digital payment interfaces between the two countries.
The remarks by the Governor of Sri Lanka’s Central Bank come a day after the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Dinesh Gunawardena launched a Special Cover commemorating Sita Temple (Seetha Eliya) in Central Sri Lanka. The Temple is believed to mark the place of Ashoka Vatika (Asoka Vanam) in the epic Ramayana and is a great hit with Indian tourists, as part of Ramayana circuit which the Sri Lankan Government is seeking to promote.
Tourists from India traditionally constitute the single largest segment of international tourists coming to Sri Lanka.