Refugee Fund

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July 14, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Central Bank said it has opened an account to receive contributions from the public for the welfare and resettlement of people displaced by the ethnic war. It said in a statement all contributions to the account, set up in response to public inquiries about making contributions, are exempted from income tax.

“Funds available in this account will fall under the direct authority of the Deputy Secretary to the Treasury (who) will utilize these funds for activities relating to identified relief and resettlement operations.”

It said the Central Bank will receive foreign currency and rupee donations to the Fund A/c. No. 4237 maintained at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka through SWIFT, telegraphic transfers, bank drafts, cheques and money orders and credit cards.

A special web window is also now open at Central Bank website www.cbsl.gov.lk for on-line donations through VISA and MASTER Credit cards.

The statement said direct remittances through SWIFT and telegraphic transfers can be forwarded to the following accounts:

a) US$ A/c No. 04015541 with Deutshe Bank Trust Company Americas, New York, US. A/c. name: Deputy Secretary to the Treasur