USAID and the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils have signed an MOU to expand the Supporting Regional Governance Program to all 37 Pradeshiya Sabhas and one Urban Council in the Eastern Province.
Minister for Local Government and Provincial Councils A.L.M. Athaullah and U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Patricia A. Butenis witnessed the signing. Under the programme, USAID/Colombo, the development office of the U.S. Embassy, provides technical assistance to local authorities to support their efforts to serve the public. This MOU will expand the program to include all local authorities in the Eastern Province. Training will include topics such as office administration, financial management, and participatory training as well as Sinhala and Tamil language instruction.
Speaking at the occasion, Ambassador Butenis said she is pleased that the U.S. Government is partnering with the Ministry of Local Governance and Provincial Councils in this program.