Is the World Bank willing to grant direct aid?


A headline published in the Sathi Aga Aruna newspaper on September 4 read as follows; ‘World Bank to provide direct aid for the poor as officials and politicians cannot be trusted’

However when contacted, Finance Ministry Secretary K. M Mahinda Siriwardene confirmed that this news is false. He further said that financial aid given by the World Bank has to be approved by the government and that there’s a due process to be followed.

A media briefing was also held to explain this process.

As such, the news item published in reference to the World Bank providing direct aid for the poor is false.


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