USAID Admin Samantha Power in Colombo this week

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Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Samantha Power, will visit Sri Lanka at the end of this week. She was the United States’ former Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

In May of this year, as the Administrator of USAID, she spoke over the phone with Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka at the time.

Power spoke with him about how USAID is responding to the country’s political and economic problems and expressed her sympathy for the Sri Lankans killed or injured in the political unrest earlier that month.

She expressed her sympathy for the people of Sri Lanka and stated that USAID would assist the country in dealing with the issue. She emphasised the importance of implementing political and economic reforms as soon as possible in order to regain the trust of the Sri Lankan people.

Power spoke on on going programmes in Sri Lanka to help address the urgent needs of the most vulnerable and marginalised communities as they experience the economic shocks, compounded by rising food, fuel and fertilizer prices due to Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine. Administrator Power assured that the USAID will closely work with other donors such as the IMF, the World Bank, G7, and others to support Sri Lanka during this extraordinarily difficult period.

USAID recently established a partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) and the Association of Public Finance Accountants of Sri Lanka (APFASL) to develop the accounting and auditing sectors in Sri Lanka. This collaboration will train 600 public sector accountants and audit experts, as well as 1,200 officers, on IT applications and other platforms that aid in strategic decision-making. In addition, USAID signed an agreement for a Sri Lanka Energy Program to support three-wheeler electrification.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan