A high-level delegation representing the US Department of the Treasury and the US Department of State has arrived in Sri Lanka this morning (26) and will stay till the 29th.
Members of the delegation include Robert Kaproth, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Asia, and Ambassador Kelly Keiderling, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia.
The delegation will meet with a wide range of political representatives, economists, and international organizations.
The US Embassy in Colombo said in all their meetings, they will explore the most effective ways for the US to support Sri Lankans in need, those working to resolve the current economic crisis, and planning for a sustainable and inclusive economy for the future.
US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung said “This visit underscores our ongoing commitment to the security and prosperity of the Sri Lankan people.
As Sri Lankans endure some of the greatest economic challenges in their history, our efforts to support economic growth and strengthen democratic institutions have never been more critical.”
The Embassy said over the past two weeks, the US has announced $120 million in new financing for Sri Lankan small and medium-sized businesses, a $27 million contribution to Sri Lanka’s dairy industry and $5.75 million in humanitarian assistance to help those hit hardest by the economic crisis.
The United States also committed $6 million in new grants to provide livelihood assistance to vulnerable populations, and technical assistance on financial reform that will help stabilize the economy.