Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe has sought India’s help in establishing policy reforms, governance, capacity building, digitalization, and public service delivery, an official statement issued by India’s Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions said.
The Indian delegation led by the Director General of the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG), Bharat Lal met Sri Lanka’s President on April 1 and discussed policy reforms, good governance, digitalization, capacity building and training, institution building, and assured public service delivery.
The Sri Lankan President admired the way India has managed socioeconomic development and has ensured high economic growth. During the meeting, Ranil Wickremesinghe shared his vision for the island country, a strategy to address the recent economic challenges and put the country on the path of high economic growth. He also urged the NCGG to help in establishing a University of Governance and Public Policy in Sri Lanka, the statement read.
Sri Lanka is keen to learn the policy-driven governance model of India and the massive use of digital technology in the planning, execution, and monitoring of various programmes and projects.
“During a series of meetings set up by the President’s office, top civil servants expressed their appreciation for the sustained assistance that India has provided to Sri Lanka during its recent unprecedented economic crisis. The NCGG DG spoke about the Prime Minister’s mantra of ‘neighbourhood first’ and highlighted the special relationship India-Sri Lanka have,” the statement added.