Seeing White

Setting the base for the donor meeting on November 25 in Oslo, the government is releasing a white paper outlining urgent funding needs.rn

rnThe paper sets out priority areas where funding is needed including the requirements for housing projects for resettlement, road and other basic infrastructure facilities and community development projects. rn

rnTo expedite the rehabilitation and reconstruction initiative, Premier Ranil Wickramasinghe is expected to set-up a committee that will push through decisions, surpassing traditional bureaucratic red tape. rn

rnMeanwhile, Cabinet Spokesperson Professor G.L. Peiris says the UNF is also expecting a majority vote from parliament today to pass its 2003 budget.rn