Foreign aid to the tune of over 33,000 Million Rupees has been received for development projects in the island.
The assistance has been received for development projects mooted by the Economic Development Ministry. Eight large scale projects covering several provinces including the North and East are in implementation. 104 bridges have been built under this programme. Improvements are effected to highways, education, health, power, drinking water, agriculture, fisheries and housing sectors. Financial assistance had been received from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Union, the United Nations, Japan and other countries as well as organizations for the projects launched under the supervision of Minister Basil Rajapaksa