Germany gives credit, grants to finish Sri Lanka’s Helmut Kohl hospital

HEALTH FINANCE: M P Rathnayake, Director General,Department of External Resources and Andreas Godon, Principal Project Manager the KfW Development Bank signing financing agreement.

ECONOMYNEXT – Germany is giving credit and grants to complete a hospital in Sri Lanka initiated by a gift from former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, the finance ministry said.

“The construction work of the hospital is nearing completion and it is expected that the hospital could be commissioned in mid-2020,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement.

Germanys KfW fund has given a 28 million Euro credit for the maternity hospital in Mahamodara, Galle, which was begun with a grant from the Helmut Kohl Foundation.

KfW has extended a supplementary credit of 13 million Euro to cover cost escalations.

The government of Germany has also agreed to give a grant of 2.1 million Euro for technical assistance.

The grant will would use for a modern Hospital Management Information System (HMIS).

The agreement was signed by R M P Rathnayake, Director General,Department of External Resources signed the inter-government agreement and grant agreement on December 17 for Sri Lanka.

Jorn Rohde, German Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Andreas Godon, Principal Project Manager the KfW Development Bank, signed for Germany and the lending agency. (Colombo/Dec17/2019)

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