USAID Chief Samantha Power speaks to President, highlights concerns over Online Safety Act

In a recent virtual dialogue, USAID Administrator Samantha Power addressed President Ranil Wickremesinghe, urging a closer examination of the Online Safety Act’s implications for freedom of expression. During their Tuesday conversation, Power emphasized the significance of safeguarding free speech alongside fostering Sri Lanka’s burgeoning digital economy.

The discussion also touched on the nation’s economic reform strategies, democratic governance, and the value of a participatory legislative framework. Power reiterated USAID’s dedication to collaborating with President Wickremesinghe to navigate the country’s complex economic hurdles, while underscoring the United States’ steadfast support for the principles of freedom of expression and association.