Subinay Nandy, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator has also participated in the meeting with the Minister and the EU official. Under this programme, the projects identified by the Sri Lankan government as priority projects will be implemented by United Nations agencies and IFC of the World Bank Group with European Union financial assistance.
The European Union plans to support two major components identified in line with the National Development Programme of Sri Lanka. The grants will be utilized for poverty reduction and provision of basic infrastructure and services for vulnerable populations and to support local economic development. Ambassador Savage has indicated to the Minister that the EU will provide funds to complete the ongoing projects started with EU funds and it will provide financial assistance amounting to 60 million euros for the new projects to be started.The Minister has said that since most of the humanitarian development programs related to Tsunami and post conflict resettlement are completed or near completion the government will allocate foreign funds on the basis of country's overall economic strategy and national policy.
Reiterating the assistance of the UN agencies to the overall development strategies of the Sri Lankan government the UN official has said that the experience gained and lessons learned from the implementation of the projects can be used to design the next projects. The Minister has expressed his gratitude to the EU for the assistance it has rendered for the Humanitarian Development programs at various levels and the United Nations and its agencies for the long standing support extended to Sri Lanka.