Multilateral agency’s current support portfolio consists of $1.8 b in financing commitments The World Bank South Asia Region Vice President Annette Dixon arrived on Sunday on an official two-day visit to Sri Lanka.
During her stay, she will be meeting with senior Government officials and visiting the World Bank supported projects in the Northern Province. This is her third visit to Sri Lanka since taking office in December 2014.
“I look forward to my first visit to the Northern Province of Sri Lanka and meeting with key officials as well as civil society representatives to receive a first-hand account of the development progress and how the bank’s support can have maximum impact,” said Dixon. “Sri Lanka’s journey towards higher growth and prosperity will require progress across all provinces,” stressed Dixon.
Dixon will be visiting World Bank supported projects aimed at enhancing economic growth and development. The visit will cover projects supporting local government service delivery, Jaffna city development priorities and opportunities to modernize agriculture in the Northern Province – with a focus on creating livelihood opportunities and increasing productivity.
She will be meeting with senior officials includingMinister of FinanceRavi Karunanayake, Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Indrajit CoomaraswamyandNorthern Province Chief Minister Justice C. V. Vigneswaranand other officials.
“During these meetings, I hope to continue discussions that I have previously had with Government to further our collaboration. As Sri Lanka’s largest development partner for over 60 years, the World Bank looks forward to building upon this established collaboration and to continue supporting Sri Lanka’s ambitious development agenda” said Dixon.