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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2341

Reconciliation Focused Economic Empowerment Project - North and East allocated Rs 1500 Million

Colombo, 04 May, (Asiantribune.com):

With the aim of strengthening the economic and business linkages between North and South, Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation under the guidance of the President Maithripala Sirisena has initiated an innovative programme on “Reconciliation Focused Economic Empowerment Project.”

A special budget allocation of Rs 1500 million has been provided on the recommendation of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM) headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

The main objective of the project is to improve the production capacity of the producers of the conflict affected North and East provinces and border districts and to establish links with buyers and exporters from rest of the country through which inter-ethnic, inter-religious and inter-regional ties will be strengthened to ensure healthy integration and lasting reconciliation said Mr. V. Sivagnanasothy Secretary Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation.

The project will also provide livelihood support to conflict affected vulnerable families specially the refugee returnees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and war victims. Assistance will be prioritized to women headed families, families with disabilities, disabled ex-combatants, families with missing persons and those living under extreme poverty.

The project will support the micro enterprises in the conflict affected areas to enhance value chain and facilitate linkages between North and South.

The project will cover sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, livestock, self-employment, micro/small industries, handicrafts and services.

The project will support training, technology transfer, machinery, working capital, market facilitation and credit facilitation said Mr. V. Sivagnanasothy Secretary Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation

The project aims to strengthen reconciliation efforts, reduce poverty in the North and East and border districts through livelihood support and economic empowerment of communities.

- Asian Tribune -

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