Instilling trust in expats key – Manusha

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Co-Cabinet Spokesman Manusha Nanayakkara said trust must be instilled in Lankan expatriates to increase foreign remittances.

He urged Sri Lankans living abroad to support the country during the economic crisis.

He said many questions have been raised regarding utilising State funds and there should be transparency and accountability in terms of remittances. He added that the Government will act with utmost responsibility in this regard.

Speaking further, he said it is understandable that people do not trust the Government and thus do not remit money, adding that there is an urgent need to reassure the community that exchanging forex through the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) is safe.

“A programme will be put in place to provide relief and incentives to Sri Lankan expatriate workers. Tax relief, duty relief, an interest-free or very low interest home loan scheme, and a privilege card will be introduced soon. Meanwhile, we hope to launch a programme to boost their credibility and provide some relief,” he said.

By Thameenah Razeek