Northeast donor conference begins in Kilinochchi
[TamilNet, Monday, 19 January 2004, 06:25 GMT]
The donor conference on northeast development and rehabilitation began as scheduled at the Planning Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers in Kilinochchi at 11.30 a.m. Monday, LTTE officials said. Diplomats and officials from Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Canada, Switzerland, UK, Germany, France European Union, ADB, World Bank, JICA, JBIC, UNDP, UNICEF and CIDA are taking part in the meeting. Mr. S. P Thamilchelvan, the head of political division, is leading the LTTE team at the conference, officials in Kilinochchi told TamilNet.
Mr. S. P. Thamilchelvan at the NE donor conference
Mr. Thamilchelvan’s team comprises his deputy, Mr. S. Thangan, the head of the Tigers’ Peace Secretariat, Mr. Pulithevan, their economic advisor Dr. Jay Maheswaran and Mr. Iraneuss Selvin, the director of the SHIRN.
All aspects of development and rehabilitation in the northeast will be brought up at the conference, LTTE officials in Kilinochchi said.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) are executing agencies for development related aid and loans provided by Japan. CIDA is Canada’s international aid and development agency.
Mr. Thamilchelvan is expected to make a statement at the conference.
Mr. Pulithevan welcoming one of the delegates to the NE donor conference