Colombo Venue

Held for the first time in Sri Lanka, the forum brings together donor countries and lending agencies.

rnrnUnlike the earlier Paris Aid group meetings, the parley is not a pledging conference.

rnrnThe government will present the second draft of its Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), which will highlight possible areas for donor funding. Another document, the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Reconciliation also known as lquote Triple R
quote spelling out development plans for the battered North and East will also be presented to the donor fraternity.

rnrnThe PRSP was first presented at the aid meeting in Paris last year. The second draft will take into account donor, business communities and civic rights group input, before being finalised later this year, World Bank
quote s Country Director Mariana Todorova said.

rnrnThe World Bank is spearheading the Colombo forum and Todorova says lenders are keen to hear the government
quote s medium to long-term development plan before pledging any assist