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Sri Lanka stands to lose German development aid

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  • Germany to cut direct govt. aid to Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Mongolia, as part of realignment of development aid
  • Says Sri Lanka and Mongolia would no longer need to be subsidised considering their level of development


Sri Lanka stands to lose German development cooperation as Germany moves ahead with plans to realign its resources to a limited number of countries with good record in implementing reforms and where the commitment made a difference, several German online news platforms reported. 

Economic Cooperation and Development Federal Minister Gerd Müller revealed that Germany would be cutting direct government aid to Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Mongolia, as part of the realignment of development aid, under Germany’s new development strategy dubbed ‘BMZ 2030’.

“We are demanding even more measurable progress from our partner countries than before in good governance, respect for human rights and fight against corruption,” said Müller.

Further, he had pointed out that countries such as Sri Lanka or Mongolia would no longer need to be subsidised, considering their level of development. 

“Fortunately, some countries have developed in such a way that they no longer need our direct support, for example Sri Lanka or Mongolia,” said Müller.

Instead, the minister stressed that the German government is keen to promote countries with genuine will to reform, respect for human rights and a credible fight against corruption even more within the framework of reform partnerships.

“So far this has been Ghana, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Morocco, Ivory Coast and Senegal,” said Müller. 

The new development aid strategy is expected to be presented in Berlin within the week.

However, Müller noted that the end of cooperation in certain countries wouldn’t mean the end of all activities. 
“Civil society, political foundations, churches and business can continue to work there in terms of development policy,” he added. 

Germany remains one of the largest development aid donors to Sri Lanka, which extends across a broad range of sectors and topics such as sustainable energy development, SME development, vocational training as well as supporting the reconciliation process in the country.  

  Comments - 4

  • Theshana de Silva Tuesday, 05 May 2020 10:30 AM

    With Port City, Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport and The Hambantota Port (Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port), it is not necessary for Germany to contribute to Sri Lanka which is now a fully developed country.

    Dr ARUNA KONDASINGHE Tuesday, 05 May 2020 01:52 PM

    I reckon this is only the beginning. Unlike the war times, COVID-19 CORONA virus tragedy has affected the whole world indiscriminately. Therefore each country is trying to survive and look after their own people before helping others. Tougher times are yet to come unfortunately and we need to be prepared. Dr ARUNA KONDASINGHE

    Trevur Lord Tuesday, 05 May 2020 06:39 PM

    You are wrong my friend ,With the present borrowings this country is half owned by China so hoe can you say it is a fully developed country ? I think the whole country will be owned by the Chinese, this is what China has done to so many countries in Asia includind Sri Lanka.

    Ben Navaratne Wednesday, 06 May 2020 11:59 AM

    Lots of countries will disown Sri Lanka due to our strong ties with the Chinese.

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