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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last updated: March 15, 2017