China has signed an agreement with Sri Lanka to grant LKR 16.5 billion (600 million RMB yuan) to be utilised in high priority areas here such as medical care, education and water supply in rural areas of Sri Lanka, to ensure the well-being of her people in a post-COVID era.
The Chinese Embassy, in Colomb, yesterday said in a media statement that the agreement had been signed by S.R. Attygalle, Treasury Secretary of the Ministry of Finance of Sri Lanka and Wang Xiaotao, Chairman of China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) on the sidelines of member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC,)Yang Jiechi’s visit to Sri Lanka.
The embassy said that both President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa appreciated the gesture on behalf of the Sri Lankan Government and people.
Jiechi, and Mahinda Rajapaksa went through other Chinese grant projects such as the National Nephrology (Kidney Disease) Hospital in Polonnaruwa and the new Out-Patient Department (OPD) of National Hospital in Colombo etc. and expressed their satisfaction on the good progress despite the COVID-19 pandemic.