Nov 28, Colombo: The Government of Japan provided a total sum of US$ 635,420 (approx. Rs. 110 million) to the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) for humanitarian demining activities in Northern Sri Lanka, the Embassy of Japan announced.
Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka Akira Sugiyama and the Country Director of MAG Ms. Valentina Stivanello signed the grant contract on the 28th November 2019 at the Ambassador's Residence in Colombo.
The agreement succeeds two other grants by the Government of Japan for the similar purpose in October this year to accelerate and facilitate the resettlement and recommencement of agriculture and other livelihood activities for the Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs).
This project is expected to further proceed with the ongoing mine clearance in the Northern region, and to contribute directly or indirectly improvement of living for over 2,000 families in Mannar and Vavuniya Districts.
Japan has been a major donor in the area of mine clearance in Sri Lanka since 2003, with the objective of assisting the nation to be mine impact free by 2020. More than US$ 36 million in assistance was rendered towards this cause through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP).
This project will therefore contribute towards the Sri Lankan Government's efforts in ensuring safe mine-contaminated areas, enabling the resettlement of displaced people and enhancing their livelihoods in the Northern region especially Mannar and Vavuniya Districts.