Japan funds livelihood development projects in NE

The Japanese government provided US$ 5 million for the implementation of three year livelihood development projects in the Ampara, Batticaloa, Mannar, Vavuniya and Trincomalee districts.


Mohammed Naalir

Keh yesterday signed an agreement to implement these projects at the Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development Ministry. These projects are aimed to develop and improve the living standards of the affected families in the North and East.
The traditionally productive sectors of agriculture, livestock, fisheries and small industrial sectors in the North and East will be subjected to a development process. Japanese Ambassador Kiyoshi Araki addressing the signing in ceremony said Japan has been rendering financial and technical support to Sri Lanka for more than fifty years to implement development projects at grass roots level for the benefit of all communities. He said the Japanese Government aims to promote a sustainable development in Sri Lanka by alleviating poverty.
Araki said Japan is fully supportive of the peace efforts of the Sri Lankan Government. The Ambassador said Japan is assisting a de-mining programme in mine infested areas in the North and East. The de-mining programme would directly facilitate the resettlement of IDPs.
The devastated economy in the conflict affected areas would be revived and developed by implementing sustainable development programmes.
"It is very important to support the efforts to establish peace and enable the affected people to enjoy the "peace dividend" through humanitarian recovery assistance, the Ambassador said.
These projects would directly support the livelihoods of the people in the conflict affected areas. Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development Ministry Secretary W.K.K. Kumarasiri, Ministry Senior Advisor M.S. Jayasinghe and UNDP Residential Representative Neil Buhne also participated.

Von: www.dailynews.lk, 05.03.2008

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