U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap stated that U.S. Government assistance to Sri Lanka totaled approximately $40 million last year and they had requested similar amounts in the coming years as a result of Sri Lanka's commitment to good governance.
He said the Millennium Challenge Corporation was working to design a threshold program that can potentially unlock millions of dollars in additional assistance to boost economic growth in Sri Lanka.
“American relations with Sri Lanka are at an all-time high. As President Sirisena and Premier (PM) Minister Wickremesinghe lead their government in moving ahead with needed constitutional reform, reconciliation, and fulfilling their United Nations commitments, we on the part of the American government will also continue to partner with your government as it works to rebuild the economy, advance good governance, and ensure that all Sri Lankans can enjoy equal rights, equal opportunities and the full benefits of post-conflict development regardless of their ethnicity or origins,” Mr. Keshap stated.
He expressed these views in Polonnaruwa last Thursday during the four-day visit by Director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources Hari Sastry and Director for F/SCA Brendan Dallas.
He said they also planned to develop several new programs at the request of the Sri Lankan government to include programming in the sectors of youth employment, public finance management, strengthening governance, and improving the business climate for foreign investment.