JAPANESE ASSISTANCE IS EXTENDED FOR REHABILITATION OF COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN CONFLICT AFFECTED AREAS IN NORTHERN AND EASTERN PROVINCES
The Government of Japan has agreed to extend financial assistance amounting to approximately US$ 3.7 Million to implement the Second stage of a Project for Rehabilitation of Community Infrastructure, Improvement of Livelihoods and Empowerment of Women in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The signing of the Exchange of Notes between H.E. Mr. Nobuhito Hobo, Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka and Mr. Tim McNair, Chief Technical Advisor, UN-HABITAT took place at the Ambassador's Residence on March 11, 2014 at 3.30p.m. in the presence of Mr. JanakaSugathadasa, Secretary, Ministry of Resettlement.
The Project is intended to address the reintegration needs of the affected communities in the Districts of Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Mannar in the Northern Province and Batticaloa in the Eastern Province through sustainable rehabilitation and reconstruction assistance and the improvement of basic services. The project activities include the rehabilitation and reconstruction of damaged small community infrastructure, improving economic opportunity through improving access roads, storage facilities, irrigation channels and skills development in the communities, empowering women through vocational and leadership training and the introduction of savings and credit etc.
Addressing those present at the Ceremony, Mr. JanakaSugathadasa, Secretary, Ministry of Resettlement appreciated the Japanese assistance towards meeting the pressing infrastructure needs at community level in the conflict affected Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Mannar and Baticaloa Districts. He said that the project would complement what has been and is being done by the Government of Sri Lanka to improve physical infrastructure facilities and livelihood development activities benefitting 224,432 resettled families in the Northern and Eastern Provinces.