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Prez assures that MCC won’t be signed before Nov. 16

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President Maithripala Sirisena had today assured that the Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC) agreement will not be signed before November 16.

The President had given this assurance to MPs Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila and Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera, who had gone to meet him to verify reports that the MCC was to be signed at 3.00 pm today.   

“When we informed this to the President, he telephoned Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera in our presence and asked him about it. We understood from the conversation that it would not be signed in a hurried manner,” MP Weerawansa told the media.   

“President Sirisena told that the cabinet nod was granted for the agreement on the condition that it would not be signed before November 16,” MP Weerawansa said.

The agreement consisted of grant funds for traffic management in Colombo, road construction island-wide and land administration improvements covering the whole country.

These compact programmes to be funded by this project have been developed by the Sri Lankan officials of the line ministries and departments based on the needs of the country. The Sri Lankan Government has the option of amending the identified projects even after the signing of the agreement.  

Sri Lanka is the 37th recipient of such grant funds from the US. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 17

  • Gamaya Thursday, 31 October 2019 07:46 PM

    Lol we all know Gota will sign it if he wins the elections being a US citizen and all.

    Buddhist Thursday, 31 October 2019 08:49 PM

    Look at the 3 persons who have made President make this offer. They have almost no voter base and the President bends over backward to satisfy them. What can you call this President?

    SELLAPPAH KANDIAH VIJAYAKUMAR Thursday, 31 October 2019 09:41 PM

    Very Good News. President has only few more weeks in office. He is all out to destroy our country with the help of Wimal and Udaya and few other idiots. God Bless our Paradise, miracle of Asia.

    Angelo Thursday, 31 October 2019 09:43 PM

    So next government will be blamed for MCC bond to USA! Parting shot!

    dickie bird Thursday, 31 October 2019 10:14 PM

    The dangling carrot or the bait ??? Eran was waiting for this monies to digitalised the land mass of SL sometime ago. All this nonsense commenced with Kerry in around 2009.

    Gos Friday, 01 November 2019 01:34 AM

    How can anyone trust this two headed snake again is beyond imaginable. He has done a deal with Sajith/Mangala to retain his palacious residence and all the accompanied perks by agreeing to consent to this dangerous MCC agreement !!! If he is against it he should stand his ground, but no, he will lose the gift package if he says 'No' ! Greedy as they make 'em !!!

    Sashi Friday, 01 November 2019 03:45 AM

    Need not be signed at all!

    Nihal Wickramaratna Friday, 01 November 2019 04:02 AM

    I strongly believe before signing an agreement like MCC People of Sri Lanka should know whats in this MCC . If the politicians or the media is not telling the full story I think there is more danger than good in this. Any government will not give US$ 480 million for nothing. If all the documents are not published I believe the government and all the Politicians are selling Sri Lanka to US. During past 65 years I have seen how politicians begging from other countries and dragging down Sri Lanka towards a country is no longer belongs to Sinhalese. Who ever wants to divide a country will not succeed because of their hatred minds will turn back to their own people.

    Sam Perera Friday, 01 November 2019 05:13 AM

    If this is a grant to improve the country why is the Prez and the opposition so against signing it? Since when have we started rejecting aid? May be no kick backs offered ??

    Soam Friday, 01 November 2019 05:22 AM

    This president is zombie walking around. No integrity and no power.

    Sunil vijaya Friday, 01 November 2019 05:54 AM

    sri lankaa is NOT ENTITLED for the grant as its not classed asa poor country. this is LAND GRAB by CIA.

    Arnold Friday, 01 November 2019 05:59 AM

    That's because of the commissions!!

    Wasp Friday, 01 November 2019 06:29 AM

    Orders from the Pohottuwa!!!

    L.G.Silva Friday, 01 November 2019 06:39 AM

    Why it is wanted to sign this urgently?

    Christopher Friday, 01 November 2019 07:00 AM

    Wimal and company has only politics in their minds and not the betterment of the country. These are the fellows who prevent us from voting for Gota

    C. Pinto Friday, 01 November 2019 07:28 AM

    There is no such thing as a free meal from USA. There is some catch to it. We must be clever enough to identify it and if it still worth it go ahead without being nieve

    Nikan-Sena Friday, 01 November 2019 08:24 AM

    So, you do not wish to sign! Scared???

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