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USAID and the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils signed a MOU

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The U.S. Agency for International  Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand the Supporting Regional Governance Program (SuRG) to all 37 Pradesihya Sabhas and one Urban Council in the Eastern Province. The Hon. A.L.M. Athaullah, Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils, and Patricia A. Butenis, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, witnessed the signing.

Under the SuRG program, USAID/Colombo, the development office of the U.S. Embassy, provides technical assistance to local authorities to support their efforts to serve the public. This MOU will expand the SuRG program to include all local authorities in the Eastern Province.

Training will include topics such as office administration, financial management, and participatory training as well as Sinhala and Tamil language instruction. U.S. Ambassador Patricia A. Butenis said, “I am pleased that the United States Government is partnering with the Ministry of Local Governance and Provincial Councils in this program. This demonstrates our shared vision on the importance of local government serving the needs of its citizens, and increasing transparency and accountability in service delivery and development.”

Acknowledging USAID’s contribution to building the capacity of local officials, Mr. K.M. Thoufeek, Chairperson of the Muttur Pradesihya Sabha, stated “The only reason that we were able to be selected this year for funding under the World Bank’s North East Local Services Improvement Project was because we had formed development groups in all villages which we learned about during USAID’s training program.”

The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, have provided development and humanitarian assistance  in
developing countries worldwide for nearly 50 years. Since 1956, USAID/Sri Lanka has invested nearly $2 billion to benefit all the people of Sri Lanka.


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July 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm

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