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The prevalence of drug related activities in Sri Lanka has increased in recent past and it has been recognized as an emerging social problem in the country. As a remedial action for controlling the situation, Sri Lanka Police has identified the necessity of modern equipment to detect large scale drug trafficking activities and the individuals under the influence of dangerous drugs.

Accordingly, based on the request of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Government of Japan has agreed to provide Japanese Yen 200 million (approximately Rs. 340 million) grant under the Japanese non-project grant aid scheme for provision of necessary equipment to strengthen the investigation and detection capacities of drugs and related anti-narcotic activities of Sri Lanka Police.

The Exchange of Notes pertaining to the above grant were signed by Mr. S. R. Attygalle, Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Economic and Policy Development on behalf of the GOSL and His Excellency Mr. Sugiyama Akira, Ambassador of Government of Japan on 13th July 2020 at the Ministry of Finance, Economic and Policy Development.

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On July 13, 2020.

 

 

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Japanese Grant Aid of Rupees 1,360 million for provisioning necessary Medical Equipment to combat against the COVID -19 Global Pandemic

Responding to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Sri Lanka has taken several successful preventive measures to prevent the mass spread of virus among the community. Though the country has achieved significant progress in preventing disease, the health system in Sri Lanka needs more facilities to maintain the day-to-day activities within the country up to the state before the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore the required additional units in main hospitals with necessary equipment and human resources are being established by health authorities.

Accordingly, as per the request of Government of Sri Lanka, the Government of Japan has agreed to provide Japanese Yen 800 million (approx. LKR 1,360 million) grant aid under the Japanese non-project grant aid scheme for the provisioning of necessary medical equipment such as MRI Scanner, CT scanner, Bed Side X-Ray Systems, Central Monitors, Bedside Monitors and Defibrillators etc. to strengthen the COVID -19 preventing activities in Sri Lanka.

The Exchange of Notes pertaining to the above grant were signed by Mr. S. R. Attygalle, Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Economic and Policy Development on behalf of the GOSL and His Excellency Mr. Sugiyama Akira, Ambassador of Government of Japan on 8th July 2020 at the Ministry of Finance, Economic and Policy Development.

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Ministry of Finance, Economic and Policy Development

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On July 8, 2020.

 

 

 

 

In response to the increasing COVID 19 incidence in the country, the Government of Sri Lanka has initiated urgent and effective measures to slow the spread of the virus by testing and treating patients, contact tracing of those found positive, limiting travel, mandatory quarantine for anyone coming from countries affected by COVID-19, closing borders to prevent transmission from further travelers, canceling large gatherings and creating awareness.

In view of the exigency of battling the effects of COVID-19 outbreak, the International Development Association (IDA) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) of the World Bank Group agreed to provide financing assistance amounting to United States Dollars (USD) 128.6 million. These funds will be mobilized through the Government Budget during the period from 2020 to 2023.

The project will focus on limiting local transmission of COVID-19 by strengthening capacities of the health system for contact tracing, case finding, confirmation, reporting, and responding to surge capacity through trained and well-equipped health workers and medical officers of health and primary health doctors and equipped facilities, strengthening Surveillance and Response Systems, strengthening health care facilities capacity for emergency response, improving community engagement and risk communication and provision of social and financial support to households.

Further the project will support for the strengthening national and sub-national institutions for prevention and preparedness through strengthening the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), establishment and strengthening of subnational emergency operation centers, the establishment of Bio-Safety Level (BSL) 3 laboratory facilities at the National Medical Research Institute (MRI) and strengthening laboratory facilities and information systems.

The signing of the agreements of Sri Lanka COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project took place on April 03, 2020, and Mr. S R Attygalle, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance, Economic and Policy Development and Ms. Idah Pswarayi-Riddihough, Country Director of the World Bank signed the agreements on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and the World Bank, respectively.

Ministry of Finance, Economic and Policy Development

April 03, 2020

 

 

 

 

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The Government of Sri Lanka and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) entered into a Framework Financing Agreement on 14th August, 2017 with regard to the financial arrangements for the Second Integrated Road Investment Program.The investment program will improve the accessibility to the road network from rural areas and thereby increase the contribution of the rural population for economic and social development of the country.

The total estimated cost of the programme is USD 1084 million, out of which USD 900 million will be obtained in several tranches from ADB. The first tranche amounting to USD 150 million obtained in 22nd November, 2017 is being invested in the ongoing project activities and the subsequent tranches are planned to be obtained based on the financing requirements of the Program.

The Second Integrated Road Investment Program will upgrade and maintain 3400 km of rural access roads and 340 km of national roads in Northern, Eastern, Uva, and Western Provinces. In addition, improvement of capacity of road agencies with respect to safeguards, road safety, maintenance, research, road design and construction will be carried out under the program.

 

In this connection, Dr. R H S Samaratunga, Secretary of the Ministry of Finance entered into a loan agreement with ADB on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and Mr. Nihal Sooriyarachchi, Chairman of Road Development Authority entered into a Project Agreement with ADB on the 13th November, 2019, at the Ministry of Finance. Ms. Manjula Amerasinghe, Officer in Charge of ADB, Sri Lanka Resident Mission signed the two agreements on behalf of ADB.

Issued by the Department of External Resources on 13th November, 2019.

 

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