Digital Inclusion and Transformation in South Asia

Sep 30, 2021

The Colombo Initiative (CI) in collaboration with Observer Research Foundation (ORF),India and Sappani Foundation (SF),Canada on a joint research partnership, is delighted to launch a series of discussions and events uncovering trends and patterns in security, economic, and geopolitical landscapes in the bilateral relationship and across the Indo-Pacific region.

Current COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the transition to Digital inclusion. This has recently been elevated to a global priority for governments, businesses, development agencies and society at large, due to the vital and versatile role of technology to support COVID-19 response and recovery. In this new normal life, digital inclusion and transmission is essential as disruptions and uncertainties are increasing in frequency and magnitude in all corners. Also, this pandemic has further marked the indispensability of new technologies as a lifeline for individuals and organizations.

In this context, Colombo Initiative hosted virtually, a panel discussion together with ORF & Sappani Foundation, under the theme “Digital Inclusion and Transformation in South Asia,” on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 2 p.m. The session, moderated by Nisha Holla, explored the multifaceted importance of digital technologies across the South Asian region, especially in India and Sri Lanka. Dishan De Silva, one of the directors from Colombo Initiatives, made the welcome speech and in his introduction he said this event is to be the first of many high-level roundtable conferences to come out of the new trilateral research partnership between ORF, Colombo Initiative and Sappani Foundation.

Program & Speakers

List of Speakers

The Event

The event commenced with a keynote address by Hon. Namal Rajapaksa, State Minister of Digital Technology and Enterprise Development, and that followed by a panel discussion.  This event featured distinguished digital business leaders from India and Sri Lanka, who unanimously agreed on the necessity to create a really “inclusive” digital progress within the South Asian area.