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South Korea, WFP discuss ongoing projects in Sri Lanka

Daily News logo Daily News 15/05/2021 Daily News (via HT Media Ltd.)

South Korean Ambassador to Sri Lanka Santhush Woonjin JEONG said that he is very pleased about the recent project initiated in March 2021 by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support the Government of Sri Lanka with funding worth USD 600,000 (LKR 117 million) to procure maize for the production of Thriposha amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ambassador Santhush Woonjin JEONG was speaking after his meeting with the newly-appointed United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Sri Lanka Country Director Abdur Rahim Siddiqui and Korean Embassy representatives.

The discussion centred around the progress of the ongoing projects on resilience building and strengthening sustainable livelihoods of communities in Sri Lanka.

The Ambassador extended his warm congratulations to Abdur Rahim Siddiqui for his latest appointment and took this opportunity to renew the partnership between the Republic of Korea and the World Food Programme (WFP) in Sri Lanka. Ambassador Santush Woonjin JEONG also expressed his confidence that Abdur Rahim Siddiqui will lead the World Food Programme in Sri Lanka to greater heights with his previous experience of over 30 years in the field of nutrition and food security.

The Government of the Republic of Korea would like to restate its commitment to the global efforts to achieve WFP priorities at all levels. The Republic of Korea and the WFP will work together to promote better outcomes in Sri Lanka and globally in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

WFP Sri Lanka Country Director Abdur Rahim Siddiqui commended the efforts by the Government of Korea for Sri Lanka’s agricultural and economic development especially with reference to the continued investment of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in building resilience and ensuring food security in Sri Lanka under the ongoing projects.

The Country Director extended his appreciation to the Korean Government for its projects in Sri Lanka and funding worth $600,000 (Rs.117 million) to procure maize for the production of “Thriposha” and for continuing the existing partnership to build resilience against recurrent natural shocks by rehabilitation of irrigation schemes in Monaragala, Matale, Mullaitivu, Mannar and Batticaloa districts.

Ambassador Santhush said that the Republic of Korea is committed to jointly working with international organisations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.The Korean Government is working closely with the Sri Lankan Government to achieve common goals in line with the national objectives through the Korean Government institutes such as the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Korea Programme on International Agriculture (KOPIA), Export-Import Bank of Korea (Eximbank) and Saemaul Globalization Foundation in Sri Lanka.

Siddiqui further assured that the World Food Programme (WFP) is geared to achieve the targets set for 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, he appreciated the concessional loan of USD 500 million provided by the Korean Government under the Framework Arrangement of Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) which is timely as the COVID-19 pandemic has had profound impact on all countries including Sri Lanka. The World Food Programme will stand in solidarity with the “Stay Strong Campaign”, the anti-COVID-19 initiative launched by the Korean Embassy in Sri Lanka.

The Ambassador further expressed his admiration towards the invaluable role the United Nations World Food Programme plays in providing global food security and building resilience among vulnerable communities which contributed to the great achievement of becoming the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

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