(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The Australian High Commissioner, Bryce Hutchesson,launched a photographic exhibition at the Jaffna Art Gallery on 27 Septembercelebrating 70 years of development cooperation between Australia and Sri Lanka.
Australia has long supported Sri Lanka’s development island-wide, including in the North. The exhibition highlights how Sri Lankans have benefited from the humanitarian, health, education and employment projects delivered byAustralian aid.
“Partnerships with all levels of government, civil society, the private sector and NGOs have been central to the success of these programs” said Mr Hutchesson.
Since the end of the conflict, Australia has provided much needed assistance for demining, new housing, rebuilding of schools, roads, market places and created new jobs. Similarly, post-tsunami, Australia assisted with a range of reconstruction efforts.
The exhibition also captures the future of Australia’s development cooperation in Sri Lanka.
“Many of our new programs focus on partnering with the private sector in innovative ways to create more and better jobs and opportunities for all Sri Lankans, especially women” said Mr Hutchesson.
The exhibition also celebrates, with a series of select portraits,the significant contribution Sri Lankans have made to Australian society.“Theseportraits showcase just a small representation of the large and vibrant Sri Lankan community that has contributed so significantly and positively to Australia’s multicultural life.” said Mr Hutchesson.
The exhibition is open to the public from 27 September to 1 Octoberat the Jaffna Art Gallery