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US provided a great deal of assistance to SL in 2020 - US Ambassador

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U.S. Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz said the United States provided a great deal of assistance to Sri Lanka in view of COVID-19 last year – US $7.6 million in direct support and 200 ventilators that were provided last year, in 2020.

During a recent media round table discussion on the economic relations between the two countries, she said the pandemic had shifted things dramatically.

“We have a pre-COVID and a post-COVID world to look at. But what is continuous as we consider our context, of course, is the strong economic relationship between Sri Lanka and the United States. In fact, there’s a trade imbalance in Sri Lanka’s favour with the U.S. that continues to make the United States Sri Lanka’s largest export market. Over the last decade or so there’s been an almost ten-fold shift. It’s a pretty impressive number. I’m pleased to say there are Sri Lankan companies that invest in the United States and there’s a little bit of importation here that rounds things out.

First, we obviously have a development partnership with Sri Lanka that has economic dimensions. I just want to say a few words about that in the COVID context because it’s important as we think about what we’re going to do heading forward into the future.

This support was meant for immediate response so we supported the WHO and we supported UNICEF and their public health interventions in support of the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health.

We also re-directed some of our programming, because we knew there would be longer term consequences beyond these immediate needs. We were looking specifically at the economic aspects of this and we have thought a lot about how to support businesses getting back on their feet, or frankly, entrepreneurs who are just trying to get started in an environment that has been constrained by the tremendous downturn of the pandemic,” she said. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Nihal Saturday, 24 April 2021 07:33 AM

    Last year during the first wave of covid, the majority of the Americans who were put on ventilators by doctors did not survive. And then you sent 200 of those ventilators to us.

    sp Saturday, 24 April 2021 07:50 AM

    Peanuts, price of a block of flats in the hood.

    German Saturday, 24 April 2021 11:01 AM

    What is Sri Lanka's contribution to the world for ending this pandemy?

    Selvakumar Saturday, 24 April 2021 08:12 AM

    It's great for corona people's

    vini Saturday, 24 April 2021 11:00 AM

    In the USA, nobody knows that there is a country called Sri Lanka. I had problems entering the USA with a valid visa.

    Kumar Saturday, 24 April 2021 08:35 PM

    I lived in the US for over 30yrs and never had a problem entering the country. They always say "welcome home". BIA immigration guys are like zombies and peruse my Sri Lankan passport many times before stamping. I suppose the feel superior?

    Nikita Kruschev Saturday, 24 April 2021 08:39 PM

    Sri Lankans are ungrateful morons. They think tge world owes them a living. Well, the time of rekoning is here. Loans due for repayment,China owns the SL government and the illiterate Monks dictate state policy. Good luck people of SL.

    Ed Monday, 26 April 2021 12:59 AM

    DO NOT DONATE MONEY TO THE SRI LANKAN GOVERNMENT!!!! IT IS BETTER TO SEND THE NEEDED MEDICAL SUPPLIES FOR COVID-19 ( NOTE: All items should be marked as donation Also to be indicated NOT TO BE SOLD)


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