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Sri Lanka, a centre of gravity for economic growth – JICA President

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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) President Dr. Tanaka Akihito described Sri Lanka as a centre of gravity of global economic development and JICA would continuously assist development and reforms agenda of Sri Lanka. He said this during a discussion with Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees in Colombo on Wednesday (14).

The Prime Minister thanked Dr Akihito for the support extended to Sri Lanka for decades since JICA became a member of Sri Lanka Aid Consortium in 1968. He urged JICA to consider new projects for rural development, rural road construction, empowerment of small-and-medium sector farmers and entrepreneurs.

Dr. Akihito said JICA would provide a grant for a new renewable energy programme which will include establishment of solar energy units at hospitals in Sri Lanka. He said that JICA has completed Safe Water Supply Project in Anuradhapura. The Prime Minister thanked Japan for the project and said it would be benefit the Anuradhapura, a district affected by kidney disease due to impure water.

JICA President praised the Government for quick recovery made after the economic crisis and said country is now back on track for rapid growth. “The global growth has shifted to Asia Pacific region and in this Sri Lanka is a centre of gravity in world economic growth,” he said and added that JICA would continue to be a partner in this process.

He stressed the need for speeding up the BIA expansion project as it would help the country to attract more tourists and also for Sri Lanka to be an important aviation hub.

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