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DFC Backs Adani’s Colombo West International Terminal with USD 553 Million

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U.S. Development Finance Institution Partners with Adani for Sri Lankan Port Development

Colombo : In a significant development, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has pledged funding of USD 553 million to the Colombo West International Terminal Pvt. Ltd. (CWIT). This consortium includes India’s prominent port operator, Adani Ports and SEZ Ltd., Sri Lanka’s leading enterprise, John Keells Holdings (JKH), and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

DFC’s Strategic Partnership

DFC, the U.S. government’s development finance institution, has taken this remarkable step to finance the project. This is the first time the U.S. government, through one of its agencies, is funding an Adani project, showcasing their trust in the Adani Group’s capabilities. This move US is being stated as the endorsement reflecting towards the Group’s vision and governance. That will be reinforcing their capacity to create a world-class container facility in Colombo Port.

“We welcome the association of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution, in funding the Adani project – and we see this as a reaffirmation by the international community of our vision, our capabilities and our governance,” said Karan Adani, Whole Time Director and CEO, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone.

He further expressed “As one of the world’s largest port developers and operators, APSEZ brings to this project not only our proven world-class expertise but also our deep experience in infrastructure creation. When completed, Colombo West International Terminal project will transform the socio-economic landscape, not just in Colombo but across the island, through thousands of direct and indirect new employment opportunities and by massively boosting Sri Lanka’s trade and commerce ecosystem.”

Port of Colombo’s Strategic Significance

The Port of Colombo, the largest and busiest transshipment port in the Indian Ocean, has been operating at over 90% capacity since 2021. It is being said that this expansion project is expected to act as a tool to the growing economies in the Bay of Bengal. Moreover it is also being stated that it is possible only by making use of Sri Lanka’s strategic location on major shipping routes.

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Economic Growth Focus of DFC

By driving in private sector investments the DFC is aiming to do development and economic growth and increase the strategic positions of its partners. The said USD 553 million private-sector loans for the West Container Terminal will ensure a significant expansion in shipping capacity. Thus ,bringing prosperity to Sri Lanka without increasing sovereign debt.

Shared Vision for a Prosperous Indo-Pacific

U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Julie Chung, highlighted that DFC’s investment will facilitate private sector led growth and attract crucial foreign exchange inflows during Sri Lanka’s economic recovery. This will align with the shared vision of a free and prosperous Indo-Pacific.

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Boosting Investor Confidence

Krishan Balendra, Chairperson of John Keells Holdings, emphasized that DFC’s investment serves as an endorsement of the potential of the West Terminal project and boosts investor confidence as Sri Lanka’s economy recovers.

Expanding Global Footprint of Adani Group’s

To position itself as a market leader in transport logistics and energy utilities the Adani Group is actively expanding its global presence through strategic investments in emerging markets . They are also trying to showcase that, they are focusing on large-scale infrastructure development in India. So that they can align with global standards. Moreover it is s being said that they want to prove that they are playing an important role in shaping India’s future.

The DFC’s substantial investment is said to be marking a milestone in increasing international collaboration for sustainable infrastructure development. Similarly it is expected that it will enhance the strategic importance of the Port of Colombo on the world map in a long run.

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