Japan extends fresh USD 3.5M grant

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Government of Japan (GoJ) on Friday (16 September) decided to extend additional ‘Emergency Grant Aid’ (EGA) of USD 3.5 million for Sri Lanka in response to the challenging economic and humanitarian situation, Japan’s Embassy in Colombo in a statement said.

This EGA will allow implementing humanitarian assistance activities delivering food worth USD 2 million through the World Food Programme (WFP), food, nutrition, health, sanitation worth USD 1 million through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and nutrition worth USD 500,000 through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the people of Sri Lanka, it said.

With the implementation of earlier assistance worth USD 3 million announced on 20 May, this builds Japan’s support in response to the present situation up to USD 6.5 million in total, the Embassy said.

“Japan has always been supporting Sri Lanka as a true and sincere friend since its establishment of diplomatic relations 70 years ago when President J.R. Jayewardene made a historic and noble speech at the San Francisco Peace Conference on 6 September 1951,” it said.

Based on this friendly relationship, Japan has continued to support sustainable development in Sri Lanka under three priority areas of (1) Promoting quality growth, (2) Development cooperation for inclusive growth and (3) Mitigating vulnerability, amounting to more than Japanese Yen 140 billion, the Embassy said.

“In year 2022 itself, we have so far provided a total of approximately USD 35.7 million in grant assistance (as of September), particularly under priority areas (2) and (3),” it added. Through this support, Japan has provided both immediate and mid- and long-term assistance, addressing the urgent needs while enhancing own capacity and potentiality of the people of Sri Lanka for further growth, the Embassy said.

“We will continue our support for Sri Lanka’s sustainable development, as well as deepen our bilateral relations through the visit of President Ranil Wickremesinghe to Japan scheduled later this month,” it further said.

(PA)