Trinco Trade

April 10, 2008 (LBO) – Economic activity in Sri Lanka’s eastern port city of Trincomalee is set to revive after a public market was re-built by the United States and Greek aid, the US Embassy in Colombo said. The refurbished Anuradhapura junction public market in Trincomalee was opened this month.

The rebuilding of the public market was funded by a joint grant of 700,000 US dollars from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and HELLENIC AID, the foreign aid arm of the Greek government.

“We hope that the rebuilding of this market will be a symbol of the revitalization of Trincomalee,” USAID Mission Director, Rebecca Cohn said in a statement.

“USAID is committed to helping restore peace, prosperity and good local governance to the people of the East.

“This market is just one of many investments that we have made and will continue to make to help the East benefit from and contribute to the economic growth that Sri Lanka as a whole is experiencing,” Cohn was quoted as saying.

The chief of HELLENIC AID to Sri Lanka says the rebuilding of the market will “contribute to the stable and peaceful cooperation of the entire community of Trincomalee.”

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