Sept 22, Colombo: The World Bank has expressed willingness to assist Sri Lanka to mitigate climate related disasters, the Ministry of Finance said.
Executive Director of the World Bank for the constituency of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, Ms. S. Aparna, together with the World Bank's Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Dr. Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough, called on the Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera, yesterday (21st Sept.), at the Ministry of Finance.
Executive Director Aparna commended the government on the positive social indicators displayed in the fields of health, education, literacy rate and life expectancy.
Discussions also focused on how the government could leverage resources to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the global lender encouraged the government to integrate more with other nations in South Asia.
Ms. Aparna also conveyed that the World Bank is eager to engage more with the Sri Lankan government to mitigate climate related disasters.
Treasury Secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga also participated in the discussions.