EU puts up Rs5.4bn for Sri Lanka’s poor provinces

ECONOMYNEXT – The European Union said it was pledging 5.4 billion rupees (29.7 million Euros) to improve living conditions in Sri Lanka’s Uva and Central Provinces which are among the poorest in the country.

The money will benefit poor, rural communities  in the Monaragala and Badulla districts in Uva Province, and in the Nuwara Eliya and Matale districts in Central Province.

The projects will promote economic growth in the rural and estate sectors and increasing communities’ involvement in the use of the resources in their districts by strengthening small businesses, the EU said.

It will also expand the involvement of women and young people in decisions about job creation, and build awareness of Chronic Kidney Disease.

"The people in these districts of Uva and Central Provinces are among the poorest and most vulnerable in the country," Tung-Lai Margue, the Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, said.

"The European Union wants to help deliver tangible and sustainable improvement in these people’s lives by improving development in these regions in a way that is economically and environmentally sustainable."

The funds will be provided through five civil society organisations: CARE, ACTED, Oxfam, Adventist Development and Relief Agency, and Stichting Solidaridad. (Colombo/Sept21/2017)

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