Japan to extend emergency grant aid of US$ 3 million to Sri Lanka soon
The Government of Japan has decided to provide Emergency Grant Aid of USD 3 million through UNICEF and World Food Program (WFP) for the provision of medicine and food in a manner that would directly benefit the Sri Lankan people.
In a statement regarding its position on the economic situation in Sri Lanka, the Japanese Embassy in Colombo said, Japan sincerely hopes that this assistance will be of help to overcome the hardship faced by the people of Sri Lanka.
The Japanese government would like to consider its further contribution to Sri Lanka in consultation with the Sri Lankan government and other developing partners, while giving attention to the situation of Sri Lanka and the negotiation progress between Sri Lanka and IMF, the statement read further.
“Japan, time-tested partner in Sri Lanka’s socio-economic development, has been supporting Sri Lanka and will continue to do its part in combining its efforts with the people and Government of Sri Lanka.”
The embassy also stated that Japan is closely paying attention to the current difficult economic situation in Sri Lanka and severe humanitarian situation accompanied.
Meanwhile, the Japanese Embassy in a statement on their FaceBook page said that Japan is closely paying attention to the current difficult economic situation in Sri Lanka and the severe humanitarian situation accompanying it.
“Considering such a situation, the Government of Japan has decided to provide Emergency Grant Aid of USD three (3) million through UNICEF and WFP in order to provide medicine and food in a manner that would directly benefit the Sri Lankan people.
Japan sincerely hopes that this assistance will be of help to overcome the hardship faced by the people of Sri Lanka, Japan’s long-standing friends,” the Embassy said .
The statement further added that the Japanese government would like to consider its further contribution to Sri Lanka in consultation with the Government of Sri Lanka and other developing partners while giving attention to the situation of Sri Lanka and the negotiation progress between Sri Lanka and IMF.
Earlier also, Japan had come forward and helped Sri Lanka. Even Japan had joined hands with Sri Lanka to address the crisis in Sri Lanka.
Both the countries reached this agreement after the meeting on May 24, on the sidelines of the powerful regional grouping, the ‘Quadrilateral Security Dialogue’ (QSD) meeting, Colombo Gazette reported.
“They also discussed the situation in Sri Lanka and confirmed that they will cooperate with each other in light of the current economic crisis and deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the country,” the Japanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Earlier in May, the Japanese government came forward to help Sri Lanka by providing USD 1.5 million for essential medicines through UNICEF to meet the urgent needs of the population.
The contribution of USD 1.5 million will help UNICEF to procure the medicines for over 1.2 million people including 53,000 pregnant mothers and nearly 122,000 children in immediate need, Colombo Page reported.
Deputy Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka, Katsuki Kotaro said, “It is our great honour that Japan will be providing USD 1.5 million emergency grant assistance to the people of Sri Lanka to procure the most urgently needed 25 types of medicines within the next two months through UNICEF.
He neoted that they believe that this will help improve access to essential life-saving medical services, especially for pregnant women and children, who are most likely to be affected by the economic crisis.”
Presently, Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence with food and fuel shortages, soaring prices, and power cuts affecting a large number of the citizens.