The World Bank’s Vice President for the South Asia Region, Hartwig Schafer says as a result of the process implemented by President Maithripala Sirisena to eliminate poverty, the poverty among the rural community in Sri Lanka has been reduced positively.
He made these remarks when he called on President Maithripala Sirisena at President’s Official Residence in Colombo, today (15).
The Vice President said that the World Bank has identified Sri Lanka as a country which is systematically moving towards development and further said that the per capita income reaching US$ 4000 is also laudable. He also said that the special projects launched at rural level to eliminate poverty and to empower them economically had played a main role in achieving that target.
Meanwhile, the Vice President agreed to offer assistance to the request made by the President Sirisena to provide assistance for a broad programme to renovate tanks and develop irrigation system in Sri Lanka. The President further said that under the project to renovate 10,000 tanks, already the government has begun reconstruction of 2400 tanks. Furthermore, the President extended his gratitude to the World Bank for providing assistance in projects implemented to mitigate affects arising as a result of climate changes.
The Vice President also paid his special attention to the request made by President Sirisena to implement a project to take huge volumes of water that cause floods ande inundate the land and ultimately flow into the sea through network of pipelines to the dry zone.
During this meeting, it was also discussed regarding the assistance that can be given for the Sri Lanka’s blue-green agriculture and environmental projects.
Expressing his views, President Sirisena said that he can give a clear assurance as to all grants provided by the World Bank will be utilized without any irregularity and corruption for the relevant development project.
Secretary to the President Udaya Seneviratne, World Bank Resident Representative, President’s Economic Advisor Dr Sarath Rajapathirana and NEC Secretary General Prof Lalith Samarakoon were also present on this occasion