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Impact on Millennium Challenge Corporation to Sri Lanka

Impact on Millennium Challenge Corporation to Sri Lanka

The Land Project (USD 67.3 million) aims at enhancing access to private and state land, providing more standardized land valuation, and helping the government enhance the land policy and governance structure under which land is managed. It includes 5 main sub-projects:

    • Parcel Fabric Map and State Land Inventory: Proposal for the creation of a parcel fabric map for 28 percent of Sri Lankan land region to help complete a state land inventory.
    • Assisting the office of the Land Registrar to transform paper-based documents into a digitally linked data bank that is accessible to all state entities.

    • Scanning and digitizing important data for properties in specific districts from valuation records.

    • Enhancing tenure safety by promoting the conversion of State Lands to the private domain; establishing a marketable and bankable land title in the landowner’s name.

    • Setting up a land policy council that will guide policy studies and assist the attempts of the government to adopt a fresh land policy and, among other operations, to enact legislation.

The Sri Lankan government intends to completely implement these projects through a local MCA. It is noted that due to the MCC, grants from other sources to Sri Lanka are likely to decline in the coming years as Sri Lanka has lately been categorized by the World Bank as a high-middle-income nation.

OSL Take:

The USD 480 million MCC Compact is a grant instead of a loan which is borrowed at a fixed/floating interest rate. Further, it places no economic strain on the state or taxpayers of Sri Lanka as such. The MCC grant is a powerful sign of Sri Lanka’s strong bilateral relations with the US. The US continues to be Sri Lanka’s growth partner and has also expanded to the island nation the US GSP trade concession.
Sri Lanka’s MCC Compact is directed at several main infrastructure initiatives that target the transportation and land management industries of the country. Foreign companies/investors that are interested in investing in Sri Lanka could therefore explore viable business/investment opportunities that are growing out of the sectors which the MCC grant is laid upon.
Furthermore, US firms/investors could confidently explore possibilities in Sri Lanka and look to form joint ventures with local firms due to the close links between the two nations. Earlier this year, the MCC CEO – Sean Cairncross, pledged that the U.S. government agency is committed to implementing the U.S. $480 million grant to mitigate transportation and land management problems impacting the country’s economy.

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