Rs. 1.6 billion from Japan to improve public security

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Akira Sugiyama, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka and Dr. R. H. S. Samaratunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka signing the Exchange of Notes pertaining to the Grant.

The public security in Sri Lanka was threatened by the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks with a huge negative economic impact on the fast growing tourism sector of the country.

As an immediate response to the incident, the Government of Japan has agreed to provide Japanese Yen 1 billion, (approximately Rs. 1.6 billion) grant under the Japanese Government’s non-project grant aid scheme for the provision of necessary equipment to strengthen the capacity of Sri Lanka Police and Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka ) Limited on counterterrorism activities.

Dr. R. H. S. Samaratunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and Akira Sugiyama, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka on behalf of the Government of Japan signed the Exchange of Notes pertaining to the Grant Thursday, September 12, at the Ministry of Finance.

The Government of Japan provides the grant to the Government of Sri Lanka for the procurement of equipment for enhancing its counterterrorism and public security capabilities, including Mobile X-Ray Scanners, Walk Through Safety Inspection Gates, Vehicle Chassis Safety Inspection Systems, High Speed Craft and Rescue Equipment Vehicle, manufactured by Japanese enterprises.

Accordingly, the necessary equipment for surveillance and detection will be provided by the Government of Japan to Sri Lanka Police and to the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited, through the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation respectively to ensure the public security and for the safety of air passengers.

In a statement the Embassy of Japan in Colombo, expressing its deepest condolences to all those affected by the terror attack on Easter Sunday, said Japan strongly condemns such acts of terrorism and stands in solidarity with the Sri Lankan people. Japan is firmly committed to combatting terrorism in cooperation with Sri Lanka and the international community.