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The Reconciliation Focused High Priority Economic and Social Infrastructure Projects are aimed at upgrading, developing, improving and modernizing the infrastructure facilities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. 

The 30-year long conflict has affected the economic and social infrastructure in the Northern and Eastern Provinces specially in the areas of irrigation, agriculture, water supply and sanitation, health and education. After the war, the social and economic infrastructure has drastically deteriorated making the region geographically disadvantaged leading to poor accessibility, low connectivity and weak integration resulting in low income, high unemployment and increased incidence of poverty.

A Cabinet Memorandum on the proposed project which was submitted by His Excellency the President as Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation and has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. This project is aimed at addressing the social and economic infrastructure gaps in conflict affected lagging regions in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The project proposal includes irrigation, water supply and sanitation and health covering laboratories, equipment, care facilities, expansion of healthcare facilities and coverage , education including IT Centre, water supply and sanitation, laboratories, classroom and facilities, sport facilities, vocational training facilities, pre-schools, fisheries infrastructure including anchorages, jetties , ferry services and agriculture specially market access, technology, access roads and rural roads  and salt water extrusion bunds , social welfare such as market, elders home and other reconciliation related interventions in relation to social and economic infrastructure. The Tentative list of Projects are attached in Annex – I. The project is envisaged to benefit directly about 72,000 beneficiaries and indirectly 60,000 beneficiaries in the North and 20,000 direct beneficiaries and 20,000 indirect beneficiaries in the Eastern Province on an annual basis.

The project will support to strengthen the agriculture, fisheries sectors in the Northern and Eastern Provinces and establish strong connectivity, bring local and foreign investment into the conflict affected area and thereby improve job opportunities, rural economic development and reduce incidence of poverty and help to establish sustainable peace, national integration and reconciliation.

The project will also contribute to effectively resettle the IDPs and Refugee Returnees and ensure social integration of rehabilitated ex-combatants, uplift the quality of life of the war affected women headed families, support economic opportunities for the families of missing persons, disabled and provide catch-up education for conflict affected children.

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