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Sri Lanka to get US$290mn soft loan from Korea
05 Jan, 2013 09:15:27
Jan 05, 2013 (LBO) - Sri Lanka will get up to 290 million US dollars from Korea for renewable energy and infrastructure under a framework agreement signed last week, the Korean embassy in Colombo said.
"Under the arrangement, the two Governments are expected to work closely to develop a range of projects including construction of administrative complexes, renewable energy plants and infrastructure development," the embassy said in a statement.

"The projects will be facilitated by the Korean Embassy and the Export and Import bank of Korea."

Sri Lanka has already received 500 million US dollars in soft loans from Korea's Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) which was started in 1987 to boost economic co-operation between Korea and developing countries.

The Korean embassy said loans are given as low as 0.1 percent a year with repayment of up to 40 years. At present Sri Lanka was the fourth largest recipient of Korean aid in areas of water supply, irrigation, energy, transport and establishing social safety networks.

Recent projects with EDCF funding include a road from Padeniya to Anuradhapura a solid waste disposal facilities project, the establishment of Colombo Central Vocational Training Centre, Gampaha College of Technology and the Ruhunupura water supply project.

There was also knowledge sharing, people and cultural exchanges through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP), Korea Project on International Agricultural (KOPIA) and HRD Korea, the embassy said.

More than 80 KOICA volunteers are currently sharing knowledge with various state agencies in medicine, education, culture, rural development, agriculture vocational training, computer literacy, environment and Korean language training under the World Friends Korea (WFK) programme.

The Government of Korea had recently given 70 million US dollars to the Sri Lankan Government as grants from KOICA assistance and loans from (EDCF) to achieve balanced and sustainable development and to assist social integration, the embassy said.

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