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President is firm on his pledge; does not sign MCC: Prof. GL

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As promised by the President during his election campaign, the Government is not in a status of signing the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement, Education Minister Prof. G.L Pieris said. 

He said that the President spoke about a direct policy which is being implemented to save the country.

"We know that the people of some of the signatory countries who have signed the MCC agreement, had become workers. With that risk, the President mentioned the reason as to why he would not not sign the MCC." the Minister said.

The opposition also claimed that the Government would sign the agreement secretly. Now they are claiming even if it is abolished, the Government would agree to it in some other way," Minister Pieris said.

As a Government, the President, is firm on his decision not to sign the MCC agreement, the Minister added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)


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  • K.L Pathirana Sunday, 20 December 2020 11:58 PM

    If the president was not planing on signing the MCC compact, he should have addressed his opposition to it before it was withdrawn by the MCC. That didn't happen. He was silence so was the others.

    Grace Mahali Monday, 21 December 2020 12:21 AM

    That’s too bad. We could really use those dollars now. Transportation improvements would help save lives. And how wonderful it would be if there were a functional, transparent system for managing land ownership.

    Desillusioned Monday, 21 December 2020 12:38 AM

    We all know the government prefers to deal with corrupt countries like China than with democratic countries which do not take bribes

    Ranaweera Monday, 21 December 2020 01:05 AM

    Bad for Sajith

    Sanath Weerakoon Monday, 21 December 2020 01:45 AM

    There is nothing to sign now. America has redirected MMC fund to two other small countries.

    Gamunu Monday, 21 December 2020 05:08 AM

    Name them please if you have details. Then I will believe it.

    Lumbini Monday, 21 December 2020 05:10 AM

    Yes, there is nothing to sign. The project has been withdrwan.

    King Monday, 21 December 2020 05:33 AM

    Will not sign what? The horse has bolted!

    Lion Monday, 21 December 2020 05:40 AM

    This is all nonsence ,while we sell our land to china and lease out hambanthota port for 100 year lease, government still bost about our sovereignty.The one who try to fool people always will be fooled at the end by the nature .

    Ups Monday, 21 December 2020 06:34 AM

    People know financial constraints of the government,but they don't want to give national assets to foreign countries as about to happening to ECT,

    Sri Wickrema Monday, 21 December 2020 06:55 AM

    The Govt did not reject the MCC agreement but they themselves withdrew from Sri Lanka. You are twisting the facts. Sour grapes.

    Don Juwan Monday, 21 December 2020 07:33 AM

    There is no MCC to sign now when it was withdrawn by the principals. Foolish GL trying to make Gota a hero when the opponent dies of natural course. Why not he throws a party and bestow him with a Medal and a title like Mahaa Weera.

    Romeo and Juliet, Monday, 21 December 2020 07:34 AM

    "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet"

    Sam Monday, 21 December 2020 07:50 AM

    Same product. Different Brand. Tendered by different a Company.

    Roger Haĺliday Monday, 21 December 2020 07:51 AM

    Sour apples... You guys said we will renegotiate the terms. But that's a lie proff please tell the truth which is the donor has their plans good or bad. You wanted it but I feel you got disqualified or failed to impress the donor.

    Jobless Johny Monday, 21 December 2020 07:55 AM

    Prof. You can roll the MCC and shove it down your throat. Our priority is hunger, cost of living, jobless youngsters and every other problems faced by poor countries like Somalia and Ethiopia.

    Kumar Monday, 21 December 2020 08:01 AM

    This money offer was withdrawn by the MCC at a board meeting on December 15th. However, this money was authorized by a act of congress and now they have to take it congress again to give it to a another recipient. There is no shortage of free money recipient in the world.

    Hari M Monday, 21 December 2020 08:49 AM

    USA should cancel its special Import status of Sri Lanka worth USD3 billion. Let see if Sri Lanka can close this gap with its China export currently only worth USD1 billion.

    Dolls Monday, 21 December 2020 08:59 AM

    He can always sign one for $ 500 m.

    kumar Monday, 21 December 2020 09:02 AM

    sour grapes.Why did G.L. wait till being kicked out to give his stance? or did he think SL was so indispensable that US will fall on its kneel.

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 21 December 2020 09:02 AM

    Of course, MCC funds call for strict financial accountability therefore obviously Ali Baba

    DillonDP Monday, 21 December 2020 10:16 AM

    But Blackstone has bought over primal glass hope this has not relationship?

    karu Monday, 21 December 2020 10:19 AM

    US is unable the contain the pandemic. Why not give them our Danika Peniya and help them.

    J Monday, 21 December 2020 11:00 AM

    GL is an example of wasted education.

    jimbo Monday, 21 December 2020 11:43 AM

    Closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.

    VJ Monday, 21 December 2020 04:23 PM

    Was this statement really necessary? Do you think the people are dumb? Have you done a brain scan lately?


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