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Press Club Event – “The India Story: Reform | Perform | Transform”

Press Club Event – “The India Story: Reform | Perform | Transform”

The Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) hosted the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, H. E. Santhosh Jha on the topic “The India Story: Reform | Perform | Transform” at The Blue, The Hilton Colombo on 5th March, 2024. The event was attended by parliamentarians, high commissioners, ambassadors, UN dignitaries, representatives of NGOS and universities, and journalists.


Mr. Kumar Nadesan, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Press Institute opened the event by welcoming the dignitaries and other invitees gathered at the event. During his welcome address, the SLPI chairman extended his gratitude to the High Commissioner for accepting the invitation to share his thoughts with the stakeholders representing diverse facets in Sri Lanka, including the members of the journalistic community.

The fireside chat was then opened by Mr. Nadesan with the Indian High Commissioner on the digital, economic, and technological progression in India. During the discussion, High Commissioner Jha emphasized that the digital transformation in India and the introduction of the digital identity card facilitated the ease of living for the citizens, while also creating a social safety net, opening doors to embrace technology, develop applications and ultimately create a new market. 

He further noted that the Indian government emphasizes on the development of education infrastructure in the country, which is reflected in the contribution made by Indians to many economies across the world and in holding top tier positions in multinational corporations and global technological companies. Following this, H.E. Jha discussed the ICTA agreement which has opened Indian markets to Sri Lanka while being beneficial to the already increased exports from Sri Lanka to India and in bringing more investors to Sri Lanka from India. He further noted that the ICTA is a post improvement agreement rather than a massive new agreement. 

Following the fireside chat, the Indian High Commissioner interacted with the journalists, industry representatives and other stakeholders in a Q&A session, before concluding for networking.



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