IFC Reaffirms Commitment to Supporting Private Sector Development in Sri Lanka
Posted on February 3rd, 2011
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â IFC (International Finance Corporation), a member of the World Bank Group
ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s impressive to see the scale at which IFC projects have impacted many entrepreneurs in southern Sri Lanka. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â With easier access to finance, information, and relevant training to improve quality and standards, small and medium entrepreneurs are able to enhance their income levels and become sustainable,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â said Ms. Robbins.
Ms. RobbinsÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ visit reaffirms IFCÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s continuing interest in Sri LankaÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s resilient growth. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Since 1998, IFC has been offering its services to Sri Lanka, both as a financier to develop and implement private sector projects and as an advisor to strengthen small and medium enterprises.
Sri Lanka is a focus country for IFCÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s program in South Asia. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â IFCÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s $116 million portfolio covers projects across a range of sectors including infrastructure, tourism, renewable energy, banking, and health care, in addition to advisory support to small and medium enterprises. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Through its Advisory Services, IFC promotes sustainable growth among small and medium enterprises by facilitating access to finance and offering capacity-building and training opportunities.
To learn more about IFCÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s activities in South Asia, visit www.ifc.org/southasia
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group is the largest development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. We create opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their livesÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Âby providing financing to help businesses employ more people and provide essential services, mobilizing capital from others, and delivering advisory and risk-management services to ensure sustainable development. In a time of global economic uncertainty, our new investments climbed to a record $18 billion in fiscal 2010. For more information, visit www.ifc.org
While in Sri Lanka, Ms. Robbins met with the Senior Minister for International Monetary Cooperation Sarath Amunugama and Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal to discuss IFCÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s ability to do more through investment and advisory interventions to facilitate inclusive growth in post-conflict Sri Lanka. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“IFC is committed to supporting Sri LankaÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s initiatives to promote inclusive growth. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â We believe that the benefits of economic activities and opportunities should reach local industries and underserved communities who need them most,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â said Ms. Robbins following her meetings.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â