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New USAID Mission Director Signals Surge in U.S. Development Assistance in Sri Lanka
July 28, 2016

Signaling a surge in U.S. development assistance for Sri Lanka, the newly-arrived Dr. Andrew Sisson official assumed duties yesterday as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director to Sri Lanka and Maldives. U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap administered the oath of office in the presence of his wife Karen Levine and the entire USAID mission at the Embassy of the United States of America.

USAID Public-Private Partnerships Create Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities
July 14, 2016

Assistant U.S. Secretaries of State Nisha Biswal and Tom Malinowski visited today the facilities of Arumbugal Foundation (Guarantee) Ltd., one of the many organizations supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to carry out projects supporting economic growth across Sri Lanka. Provided a 18 million LKR (US$142,000) matching investment grant from the USAID BIZ+ program, Arumbugal Foundation provides training and employment for people with disabilities to establish tourism and transportation businesses.

May 16, 2016

Honorable Minister, Members of Parliament, ladies and gentlemen, It is an honor to address this gathering as you discuss the creation of a Right to Information bill designed to enhance citizens’ access to transparency and insight about their government. Any democracy requires that government officials be accountable to the citizens who elected them, and that accountability requires transparency.

(L-R) COPA Chairman Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Hon. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, USAID Acting Mission Director Reed Aeschliman, and MP H
March 14, 2016

COPA Chairman Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Hon. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, USAID Acting Mission Director Reed Aeschliman, and MP Harshana Rajakaruna launch the conference to strengthen the effectiveness of the COPA and COPE Parliamentary Committees.

March 8, 2016

International Women’s Day began as an annual tradition more than 100 years ago initially as a way to honor women’s role in labor, advocate for political rights, and end discrimination in the workplace. Every year on March 8, people around the world reflect on the progress women have made, celebrate acts of courage and determination by women making a difference in their communities and countries, and urge greater effort to ensure the success of women. In countries everywhere, when women succeeds, society as a whole succeeds. When girls and women are educated, entire societies are educated, and flourish.

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U.S. Embassy Improves Fishing & Ag Sectors via Ag-Biz North 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013
The U.S. Government, through its development arm the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is supporting Ag-Biz North 2013, an agricultural trade exhibition in Killinochchi from 26-27 July. This support is part of a $996,000 grant to develop livelihoods opportunities for vulnerable families in the agriculture and fisheries sectors through new markets, infrastructure and provision of critical training and equipment. NGO Practical Action is the implementing partner.


U.S. Government Support for Sri Lankan Forensics Laboratory

Thursday, June 6, 2013
U.S. Ambassador Michele J. Sison visited the new laboratory complex of the Sri Lanka Ministry of Justice Government Analyst's Department (GAD) in Battaramulla on June 6.


U.S. Funds Renovation of Children's Park in Kilinochchi

Monday, May 6, 2013
U.S. Ambassador Michele J. Sison declared open a U.S. Government funded $97,925 (12 million rupees) renovated children's park for residents of Karachchi, Kilinochchi on May 4 alongside the Honorable Child Development and Women's Empowerment Minister, Tissa Karaliyadda.


U.S. Support for Further Economic and Social Development in the East

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison opened a public market and a bus station in Pullumalai, Batticaloa on Monday April 29, helping enhance transportation and livelihood opportunities of local communities in the Eastern Province.


U.S.-Funded UNICEF Mine Risk Education Begins

Thursday, December 20, 2012
A United States Government grant of $500,000 will help 150,000 residents in the Northern and Eastern Provinces avoid landmines and explosive remnants of war.


U.S. Government Supports Disabled Sri Lankans

Monday, December 3, 2012
U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison handed over wheelchairs to children at the prosthetic and orthotic center of the National Children's Hospital in Colombo, marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3.


U.S. Partnership Promotes Growth, Helps Vulnerable, and Brings Communities Together in the East

Monday, October 29, 2012
On October 26, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Michele Sison, opened the “Sea the Differences” Training and Production Center in Selvanayagapuram, Trincomalee.


Last updated: August 01, 2016

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