The Japanese Government of Japan has provided a grant of about 54 million rupees (41.7 million Japanese Yen) to improve the TV production equipment at Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC).
Ambassador of Japan Kunio Takahashi and the Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning Dr. P.B. Jayasundara signed the Exchange of Notes for the provision of the grant at the Finance and Planning Ministry in Colombo Thursday (10).
The funds provided for the project for the Improvement of TV production equipment under Japan's Cultural Grant Aid Scheme would be utilized to purchase and install ultra-modern equipment for the establishment of a new 2D and 3D animation production studio at the SLRC, a press release issued by the Japanese Embassy in Colombo said.
"The establishment of this animation studio will enable SLRC to produce 2D and 3D animation movies for children, and utilize the popular 3D movie medium to disseminate information related to national development, enhance educational programmes, promote good social habits and values among the children, and promote national harmony," the release said.
The project will be implemented through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Founded by the Government of Japan under its Grant Aid Scheme in 1982 the SLRC mainly broadcasts educational and informational programs and it is managed by the Ministry of Mass Media and Information.
A Grant Agreement was also signed between Mr. Akira Shimura, Chief Representative of JICA and Dr. P.B. Jayasundara for the implementation of the project, the release said.