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India, Sri Lanka prepare for capacity building discussions

A five-member Indian delegation from the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) led by Secretary DARPG and Director General, National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG), V. Srinivas, will be visiting Colombo from July 7-9 for bilateral discussions on collaboration between the National Centre for Good Governance and Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) for capacity building programmes of Sri Lankan Civil Servants in India.

The Indian delegation will make a courtesy call on the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Dinesh Chandra Rupasinghe Gunawardena. The Indian delegation's agenda includes discussions on capacity-building programmes for Sri Lankan civil servants and the potential signing of a long-term agreement through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for capacity-building initiatives, an official press release by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions said.

These discussions will focus on outlining a roadmap for future collaborations and exchanging insights on effective governance practices, the press release said.

This visit is being conducted at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka which aims to strengthen bilateral cooperation in personnel administration and governance.

During the three-day visit, V. Srinivas will hold bilateral meetings with E.M.S.B.Ekanayake, Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka, Anura Dissanayake, Secretary to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and Pradeep Yasarathne, Secretary Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Council and Local Government.

The visit also includes an interactive session with NCGG alumni in Sri Lankan Civil Service. The delegation will visit the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) to engage with faculty members and civil service officers on capacity-building initiatives and the implementation of centralized public grievance redressal systems.

The release further said that the programme also includes a presentation session by the district administration, on an overview of public services provided by the district, and an open discussion of district officials, with the visiting delegation

It is pertinent to mention that the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) organised three capacity-building training programmes for senior and mid-level officers of Sri Lanka. During the first visit to NCGG from February 12-17, 2024, a delegation of 14 senior Sri Lankan civil servants was led by Secretary to the Prime Minister, Anura Dissanayaka. To date, NCGG has trained a total of 95 civil servants from Sri Lanka.

(ANI)

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