Dialog Axiata Partners with JICA to Drive Social Development Projects in Sri Lanka

June 05th, 2023         Colombo


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Photographed from left to right: Munesh David, Vice President - Group Corporate Planning and Strategy, Dialog Axiata PLC, Asanga Priyadarshana, Group Chief of Risk and Compliance, Dialog Axiata PLC, Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive, Dialog Axiata PLC, Tetsuya Yamada, Chief Representative, JICA Sri Lanka Office, Yuri Ide, Senior Representative, JICA Sri Lanka Office, and Katsuhiro Suzuki, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan

In a shared mission to drive positive change and progress in Sri Lanka, Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), entered into a strategic partnership to embark on a range of social development projects.

This collaboration aims to amplify the impact of a number of ongoing projects across sectors such as power, water and sanitation, agriculture, disaster risk management, governance, and social services. Despite the challenges faced by the people of Sri Lanka, this collaboration between Dialog Axiata PLC and JICA seeks to deliver innovative and effective services, particularly to those who have been adversely affected. By leveraging the expertise and resources of both entities, the partnership is dedicated to supporting the social and economic development of Sri Lanka.

Speaking about the partnership, Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive at Dialog Axiata PLC, stated, “We are delighted to join forces with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to pursue our common goal of promoting positive transformation and advancing development in Sri Lanka. By leveraging this partnership, we strive to enhance the effectiveness of our projects spanning various sectors and cater to the pressing societal requirements. Alongside JICA, we are dedicated to providing innovative and efficient solutions, particularly for those adversely affected by the economic crisis. We aspire to make a substantial contribution to the social and economic growth of Sri Lanka through our Partnership.”

Tetsuya Yamada, the Chief Representative of JICA Sri Lanka Office, stated, “We see information and communication technology as a great tool to make things more efficient, speedier, economical, inclusive and transparent. So, our partnership with Dialog will add tremendous extra values to our services and give transformational impacts to our projects and programs. We would like to make our partnership with Dialog an open platform so a wide range of people and organizations could join us hand in hand with lots of ideas and inputs to bring about even greater impacts to the society and economy of Sri Lanka.”

About Dialog Axiata Group

Dialog Axiata Group, a subsidiary of Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata), operates Sri Lanka’s Leading Quad-Play Connectivity Provider. Dialog Axiata PLC, listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange, supplements its market-leading position in the Mobile Telecommunications sector with a robust footprint and market presence in Sri Lanka’s Fixed Telecommunications, Digital Pay Television, Digital Services, Financial Services through its subsidiaries, Dialog Broadband Networks (Private) Limited (DBN), Dialog Television (Private) Limited (DTV), Digital Holdings Lanka (Private) Limited, Dialog Finance PLC, H One (Private) Limited, Dialog Network Services (Private) Limited and Dialog Business Services (Private) Limited. Dialog Axiata Group is Sri Lanka's largest Foreign Direct Investor (FDI) with investments totalling USD 3.2 Billion.

About Japan International Cooperation Agency

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is the executing agency of Japan’s Bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA). JICA, the world biggest bilateral aid agency, works in over 150 countries and regions. In accordance with its vision of “Leading the World with Trust,” JICA, with its partners, will take the lead in forging bonds of trust across the world, aspiring for a free, peaceful and prosperous world where people can hope for a better future and explore their diverse potentials. In Sri Lanka, Japan has been providing financial and technical assistance since 1954 and is one of the biggest donor to the country. On behalf of the people and the Government of Japan, JICA contributes to improve life of people in Sri Lanka.