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* Sri Lanka’s ICTA & enpact e.V, Germany sign MoU to collaborate between startup ecosystems
Mon, Apr 19, 2021, 07:59 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 19, Colombo: The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Germany initiated and facilitated the signing of a MOU between the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka and ENPACT e.V. in Berlin, Germany, which represents the Berlin Senate’s startup initiative “AsiaBerlin”, on 08 April 2021, with a view to fostering a strong bridge between Berlin, the startup capital of Europe and Sri Lanka’s startup ecosystem.

Chief Executive Officer of ICTA Mahinda B. Herath and Managing Director of ENPACT Jan Lachenmayer signed the MOU in a virtual ceremony, Sri Lanka Embassy in Berlin said in a release.

During the ceremony, Secretary to the Ministry of Technology of Sri Lanka Jayantha De Silva welcomed the MOU and highlighted some of the initiatives being implemented in the digital transformation journey of Sri Lanka, including the establishment of “Techno Parks,” across the island, as a part of the vision of the President, to build a technology-centric economy.

The Chairman of ICTA Prof. Lalith Gamage briefed on the strategy of Sri Lanka to nurture the startup and innovation ecosystems and emphasized that the MOU was a great initiative to share knowledge and encourage technology-focused investments, and related services.

Managing Director of ENPACT Jan Lachenmayer welcomed the initiative by the Embassy to connect the relevant Sri Lankan agency for collaboration and expressed his confidence that the MOU will pave way for greater collaboration for innovation and create opportunities for both parties.

The virtual ceremony, moderated by AsiaBerlin Ambassador Aravinth Panch was followed by a webinar on AgriTech and WaterTech, attended by around 60 participants, globally.

In the panel discussion moderated by Head of Corporate Innovation of enpact Matthias Schmidt-Rex, Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Germany Manori Unambuwe, highlighted the importance of technology infusion to the agriculture sector in Sri Lanka and the emphasis placed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on same, in the country’s development agenda. Ambassador Unambuwe further stated that the MOU between ICTA and ENPACT was a significant milestone, to foster innovation and opportunities between both startup ecosystems, especially in the fields of Agritech and WaterTech.

Deputy Head of Division for Energy, Digitalization and Innovation of the Berlin Senate Dr. Rainer Seider while welcoming the participants, thanked the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Germany’s endeavors in promoting cooperation between the two countries.

AsiaBerlin Ambassador and CTO and co-founder at Vitreo Mike Richardson, Advisor at BASF Ronnie Tan, Pandsan Ventures of Singapore Christopher Aw and Director of Global Innovation at Thai Union Group of Thailand Tunyawat Kasemsuwan presented business models and case studies of innovations by startups in the fields of agriculture and water. The participants held in-depth discussions during the virtual breakout sessions that followed.


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