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The Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation under the guidance of His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena has initiated an innovative programme on “Reconciliation Focused Economic Empowerment Project” with the aim of strengthening the economic and business linkages between North and South. A special budget allocation of Rs 1500 million has been provided on the recommendation of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM) headed by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

and border districts and to establish links with buyers and exporters from rest of the country through which inter-ethnic, inter-religious and inter-regional ties will be strengthened to ensure healthy integration and lasting reconciliation said Mr. V. Sivagnanasothy Secretary Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation.  

The project will also provide livelihood support to conflict affected vulnerable families specially the refugee returnees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and war victims. Assistance will be prioritized to women headed families, families with disabilities, disabled ex-combatants, families with missing persons and those living under extreme poverty. 

The project will support the micro enterprises in the conflict affected areas to enhance value chain and facilitate linkages between North and South. The project will cover sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, livestock, self-employment , micro/small industries , handicrafts and services. The project will support training, technology transfer, machinery, working capital, market facilitation and credit facilitation said Mr. V. Sivagnanasothy Secretary Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation

                                                  

The project aims to strengthen reconciliation efforts, reduce poverty in the North and East and border districts through livelihood support and economic empowerment of communities.

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