President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today revealed that the government’s national goal is to provide clean water, sanitation, and water-related infrastructure to all in the next three years.
The President said new water projects will be launched throughout the country, improving the capacity and quality of existing water supply schemes.
The President expressed his views at the 4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit, in Kumamoto, Japan this morning.
President Rajapaksa said despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Sri Lanka has been able to provide more than 50% more water to the public than previously, during the past two years.
The President also said water projects were implemented in order to improve water cycle management.
President Rajapaksa added access to resources is being hampered as a result of the financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, during the past two years, the President said priority has been given to development activities under the principle of participatory development, citing this as the principle of his government’s development efforts.
The President said the government also welcomes support towards investment opportunities, technology transfer, funding, comprehensive development assistance and debt restructuring for Sri Lanka’s economic progress as well as sustainable initiatives at this critical juncture.