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16 June 2022 11:27 pm - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The United States announced today that it will provide US$6 million in emergency assistance to address the needs of marginalized and vulnerable communities impacted by Sri Lanka’s economic crisis. 

The US embassy in Colombo said that this new funding will also provide technical assistance to the Government of Sri Lanka as it implements economic and financial reform measures to stabilize the economy, in line with an anticipated International Monetary Fund (IMF) package.

“The US is committed to supporting the Sri Lankan people as they face today’s economic and political challenges,” said Julie Chung, the US envoy to Sri Lanka. “As a longstanding development partner, we will continue to champion efforts that promote sustainable economic growth and good governance.”

This emergency funding through the US government’s development arm, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), responds to emerging or unforeseen complex crises overseas. Part of this funding will go to USAID’s social cohesion and reconciliation project (SCORE) to support small-scale agricultural productivity and microenterprises in communities that traditionally experience high poverty rates and are especially impacted by the crisis. This funding will also support public sector efficiency and resource management through USAID’s project to accelerate results in trade, national expenditure, and revenue (PARTNER).

The US$6 million in new assistance is part of a much larger package of foreign assistance from the American people to meet the current need.  That support is part of a shared history that has seen the United States provide over US$2 billion in economic and humanitarian support since 1956.  

  Comments - 14

  • Rishan Thursday, 16 June 2022 11:42 PM

    The amount of money US spent for war this USD 6m is penuts for them. At least they have to give USD 1billion to assist in shortages for Fuel Gas and Medicines....

    ronny Friday, 17 June 2022 12:14 AM

    why? its their money. just thank them if they give something at this time. we have to make our own money eventually. people in other countries do not work to give us money

    US citizen Friday, 17 June 2022 12:30 AM

    The amount of money Sri Lanka spends on the military during this economic crisis is no peanuts. You have no idea how much dollars without strings the USA contributed for development in Sri Lanka. Billions for agriculture development for instance. All gone in deep pockets of politicians.

    European Friday, 17 June 2022 12:37 AM

    We Europeans are very grateful that the USA is such a reliable NATO ally.

    US Citizen Friday, 17 June 2022 02:23 AM

    The amount of money that Sri Lanka spends on the military during this crisis is not peanuts. Do you have any idea how much dollars the USA donated to Sri Lanka for development? No strings attached?

    Ruvinda Friday, 17 June 2022 05:54 AM


    kondaya77 Friday, 17 June 2022 12:47 AM

    U.S does not have to give a penny to corrupt politicians so that they can top up their bank accounts.

    Mandayan Friday, 17 June 2022 01:41 AM

    Great ! Our Rajapakses were talking in billions and these are in millions. Namal baby is going to laugh at this while Yositha would fart over!

    Buddhist Friday, 17 June 2022 01:58 AM

    US spends Billions in Ukraine providing arms, but giving peanut millions to SL when people have no food! The richest country in the world, what a joke!

    US Citizen Friday, 17 June 2022 02:10 AM

    USA please give with conditions attached. There is no free meal in this world. Even the air we breathe we have to indirectly pay. Until and unless the ethnic crisis is solved SL will not be able to get up. It will keep extending the begging bowl.

    European Friday, 17 June 2022 02:25 AM

    We Europeans are very grateful to the USA for being a reliable NATO member.

    Kal P Friday, 17 June 2022 03:46 AM

    Peanuts. It’s actually an insult.

    lion Friday, 17 June 2022 05:17 AM

    it will be more prudent to send money to supply gas, and fuel.

    Kps Friday, 17 June 2022 05:27 AM

    So shame to be a US Citizen.

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