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Parliament to receive UN funding amounting to over USD 300 mn

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Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena with UN Resident Coordinator Marc-Andre Franche, (pic courtesy Parliament)

Newly appointed UN Resident Coordinator Marc-Andre Franche yesterday (04) announced that funds amounting to USD 300 mn would be granted to Parliament. The announcement was made during a meeting between the top UN official here and Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena on 01 September.

Parliament quoted Franche as having said that the UN would provide over USD 300 mn in terms of a new co-operation framework for development programmes over the next five years. Secretary General of Parliament Kushani Rohanadeera was also present at the discussion.

The announcement regarding foreign funding for Parliament was the first since the 2016 agreement on USD 13 mn, finalised during Karu Jayasuriya’s tenure as the Speaker.

During talks, Franche commended Parliament for the adoption of the Anti-Corruption Act and the establishment of the Parliamentary Budget Office.

Speaker Abeywardena expressed his gratitude for the continuous support of the United Nations Development Programme as a development partner of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, views were also exchanged on legislative processes, electoral system, peace building activities and women representation in politics.

Secretary General Rohanadeera explained the programmes undertaken by the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus to strengthen the representation of women in politics and the inclusion of youth representatives for the Sectoral Oversight Committees.

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