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US approves $120 mn in new loans to grow and support Sri Lankan economy.

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COLOMBO (News 1st); The Embassy of the United States of America announced today that the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Board of Directors has approved $120 million in new loans to grow and support the Sri Lankan economy.“For seventy years, the United States has provided foreign assistance, loans, and trade opportunities to help grow the Sri Lankan economy and support the Sri Lankan people,” said U.S.

Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung. “Today’s announcement is good news for the private sector, as the DFC’s $120 million in new investments will reach small and medium-sized businesses and help to provide equity, jobs, and futures.”The projects announced today include a $100 million direct loan to the Commercial Bank of Ceylon, Sri Lanka’s leading commercial private bank, to expand lending to micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and address the credit gap for women-owned businesses, which represent 25% of MSMEs in Sri Lanka.In addition, DFC announced a $15 million loan to BPPL Holdings PLC, a polyester yarn manufacturer incorporating recycled plastic materials.

The loan will support increased production and strengthen Sri Lanka’s recycling infrastructure in support of efforts to reduce plastic waste in Sri Lanka.Also announced today was a $5 million loan to MA’s Tropical Food Processing (Private) Limited, a sustainable food company, to finance its expansion and grow its supplier network.

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