The Centre for Indo-Lanka Initiatives of the Pathfinder Foundation, Carnegie India together with Vivekananda International Foundation (India) will conduct a conference on April 28, 2017 in Colombo, with the participation of leading academics, professionals, subject matter experts and scholars from both the countries seek to discuss six major areas of the concept of connectivity.
This conference will focus on three broad themes: (a) past connectivity and the sources of decay, (b) identifying the current possibilities, (c) assessing the enduring obstacles and exploring ways to overcome them.
At the second stage of the project, specific sectors could be taken up for more detailed examination.
The six major sectors to be cover with this conference included coastal shipping in the Bay of Bengal framework, multimodal surface and air links between Sri Lanka and Peninsular India, developing and promoting religious tourism, power grid connectivity and finally energy security through the strategic storage of hydrocarbons, resilient international telecom connectivity in the context of UN ESCAP’s vision of an Asia Pacific information superhighway.
The main outcome from the workshop could be a report to be circulated among the policymakers in both capitals and interested stakeholders in regional and global institutions.