Japan has provided food items worth USD 10 million under the World Food Program (WFP) while Japanese aid under the Emergency Response Program (ERP) has been directed to the most economically vulnerable families, benefiting 145,000 households across Sri Lanka.
The official transfer of grants from the Government of Japan to Sri Lanka for various critical initiatives took place today (10) at the Presidential and Secretariat.
Visiting Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Komura Masahiro along with the Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mizukoshi Hideaki and President’s Senior Adviser on Economic Affairs Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga graced the event.
Vice Minister Komura Masahiro expressed his delight in supporting Sri Lanka during its recent economic crisis. He emphasized Japan’s commitment to remaining a steadfast friend and partner to Sri Lanka.
Extending his gratitude to the Japanese government for their assistance, senior presidential advisor Dr. Samaratunga said that the government has been taking steps to mitigate the impact of economic difficulties on vulnerable families, adding that the Emergency Response Program (ERP), School Meal Program (SMP) and National Social Security Program have been key initiatives in this regard.
Dr. Samaratunga also noted that Japan has contributed 7270 metric tons of food items to Sri Lanka These items have been utilized for the school meal program, benefiting 960,000 schoolchildren, including the provision of red lentils.