Japan to offer Yen 01 billion to assist Sri Lanka’s counter-terrorism efforts

The public security in Sri Lanka was threatened by the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks with a huge negative economic impact on the fast growing tourism sector of the Country. As an immediate response to the incident, the Government of Japan has agreed to provide Japanese Yen 01 billion, (approximately Rs. 1.6 billion) grant under the Japanese Government’s non – project grant aid scheme for the provision of necessary equipment to strengthen the capacity of Sri Lanka Police and Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka ) Limited on counterterrorism activities.

Accordingly, the necessary equipment for surveillance and detection will be provided by the Government of Japan to Sri Lanka Police and to the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited, through the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation respectively to ensure the public security and for the safety of air passengers.

The signing of Exchange of Notes pertaining to the above Grant Aid took place today, at the Ministry of Finance.

Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and H.E. Mr. Akira Sugiyama, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka on behalf of the Government of Japan signed the above Exchange of Notes.