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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

U.S. Government gives Batticaloa improved opportunities for trade

Batticaloa, 13 November, (Asiantribune.com): One of the major sources of income for the Batticaloa Municipal Council is now restored to full capacity following today’s official opening of the Batticaloa Market by USAID Mission Director, Ms. Rebecca Cohn.

A bustling marketplace since 1948, the Batticaloa market has been badly affected by repeated natural and man-made disasters since the late 1970’s. With the successful completion of major rehabilitation activities, the market can now attract both vendors and customers with its new fruit and vegetable stalls, a new fish market, a state-of-the-art water treatment system, a cold room for the fish market, a central courtyard, and a fully rehabilitated building. USAID provided over $475,000 to improve the Batticaloa Municipal Market for the benefit of the local community.

Business is brisk at the newly renovated Batticaloa Municipal Market. "More people selling and more people buying" said vegetable vendor N. Ravindran.Business is brisk at the newly renovated Batticaloa Municipal Market. "More people selling and more people buying" said vegetable vendor N. Ravindran.

Throughout the process, USAID worked closely with the Batticaloa Municipal Council, the Batticaloa Chamber of Commerce, and the Eastern University. “One of the aims of USAID is to strengthen the relationships between community members and their local government leaders,” said Mission Director Cohn at the opening. "The market improvements are about much more than just the beautiful new facilities and renovated buildings. In the course of our activities, relationships have been strengthened among the vendors themselves, between the vendors and their local government representatives, and between the community at large with its leaders and public servants," Ms. Cohn added.

To ensure the success of this initiative, USAID conducted preparatory meetings with all stakeholders to discuss the needs of the vendors and the local community, and to accommodate their input as well on the design of the market. As a result, the new design has improved of health and sanitation, reduced congestion, improved waste management, and provided more parking for loading and unloading of produce, fish, and meats.

- Asian Tribune -

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