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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 14:38
European Union contributes Rs. 5.4bn to reduce poverty in Sri Lanka
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The European Union launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country.
 
The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship.
 
Speaking at the launch alongside the Governors, Chief Ministers and Chief Secretaries of Uva and Central Provinces, Tung-Lai Margue, the Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, said "This programme has been designed with the needs of the poorest in mind. From better water and sanitation to increasing technical knowledge and empowering women, people in these rural areas should see a marked improvement in their lives. We are very pleased to partner with both the Government of Sri Lanka and a number of civil society organizations in this initiative, partnerships that will ensure that the assistance provided makes a lasting difference in people's lives."
 
This grant, which is a part of the EU's wider programme of support to rural development in Sri Lanka, will benefit rural communities in the Monaragala, Badulla, Nuwara Eliya and Matale Districts.
 
The programme is expected to be operational for five years (2017-2022). 
 
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