The Andorra Liberal Manifesto – LI’s blueprint for liberalism in the twenty-first century – has reached India and Sri Lanka as LI secretary general, Gordon Mackay, holds meetings with liberals in the South Asian countries.
Working to engage liberals in India and Sri Lanka, Gordon Mackay together with the South Asia regional office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF – LI cooperating organisation), have sought to open relations with the largest democracy in the world.
Introducing the LI secretary general to Indian liberals, FNF regional director, Dr. Ronald Meinardus, highlighted LI and FNF’s shared vision, “we are united by a common objective to promote liberalism in the world.”
In addition to introducing Liberal International to liberals in New Delhi, Bangalore, and Colombo, Mr Mackay also took part in celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. In a keynote speech, he addressed the challenges liberals face in the twenty-first century – from the social challenges posed by migration to market failure – and promoted the answers contained in Liberal International’s Andorra Liberal Manifesto as a solution.
Commemorating liberal values in Sri Lanka, the LI secretary general told guests assembled for the 18th Dudley Senanayake Memorial Lecture in Colombo: “The liberal agenda being crafted by global liberals for the 21st century is a dynamic one – alive to possibilities… it recommits liberals to the very values held so dear by Dudley Senanayake, namely the pursuit of truth, individual freedom and faith in human progress.”