US sending USD 6M in emergency aid

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The United States yesterday (16) said, it will provide USD 6 million in emergency assistance to address the needs of marginalised and vulnerable communities impacted by the economic crisis.

This new funding will also provide technical assistance to the Government as it implements economic and financial reform measures to stabilise the economy, in line with an anticipated International Monetary Fund (IMF) package.

The USD 6 million in new assistance is part of a much larger package of foreign assistance from the American people to meet the current need. That support is part of a shared history that has seen the United States provide over USD 2 billion in economic and humanitarian support since 1956.  The US will continue to add to its significant on-going investments and assistance projects in Sri Lanka to help meet the immediate and long-term needs of the people of Sri Lanka.

 “The US is committed to supporting the Sri Lankan people as they face today’s economic and political challenges,” said Julie Chung, US Ambassador to Sri Lanka. “As a long-standing development partner, we will continue to champion efforts that promote sustainable economic growth and good governance.”

This emergency funding through the US Government’s development arm, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), responds to emerging or unforeseen complex crises overseas. Part of this funding will go to USAID’s social cohesion and reconciliation project (SCORE) to support small-scale agricultural productivity and microenterprises in communities that traditionally experience high poverty rates and are especially impacted by the crisis.