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Monday, January 17, 2011 - 05.10 GMT

WB reaffirms strong support


The World Bank’s newly-designated country director for Sri Lanka, Ms Diarietou Gaye reaffirmed the World Bank’s strong and expanding support to Sri Lanka 'as it transitions to a peaceful, middle-income country'.

She made these observations during the meeting with Sri Lanka Ambassador to the USA, Jaliya Wickramasuriya prior to her departure to Sri Lanka.

Ambassador Wickramasuriya briefed, the new country director, on the political and economic situation of the country. He also explained the importance of the support of development partners like the World Bank in implementing the Government’s ambitious plans for reconciliation and economic development of the country.

Ms Gaye also briefed the Ambassador of the successful meetings held during the recent visit of Dr.Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director of the World Bank, to Sri Lanka.

During the discussions, Mr. Amit Dar, former acting Country Director, mentioned that with Sri Lanka’s new eligibility for financing from the IBRD (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development), there is a potential to more than double the amount of resources available to Sri Lanka every year, which is also recognition of Sri Lanka’s middle income country status.

On behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, Ambassador Wickramasuriya conveyed his appreciation to the World Bank for providing support to complement the country’s development goals, and noted that he looks forward to working with the World Bank closely in the future.







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