Briefs: Loans and Technical Assistance

Country Diagnostic Studies Technical Assistance

Studies which analyze constraints to inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth are crucial for national development planning and, under the cluster, each subproject will help up to four developing member countries carry out detailed studies and capacity building in key government agencies. The first subproject will cover Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Timor-Leste.

South Asia – Regulatory Frameworks for Water Tariffs Technical Assistance

Urban infrastructure development and basic public service – in particular, water supply services – have lagged behind rapid economic growth in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. To attract private sector investment in the delivery of water services, a sound regulatory framework for water tariffs is needed. This technical assistance will analyze tariff formulas that cover operation and maintenance costs; approval processes; lifeline tariffs for the poor; and consultation processes to introduce tariff increases to the public. Between August 2012 and July 2013, the TA will produce national guidelines for tariffs that enable full cost recovery and conduct a pilot program involving five Indian regions.

Sri Lanka – Additional Financing for National Highways Sector Project

The funds will expand the ongoing project by upgrading link roads to the Southern Highway―the country’s first controlled-access expressway. The outcome will be faster, cheaper travel and increased access to economic opportunities and social services for southwestern communities.

Sri Lanka – Dry Zone Urban Water and Sanitation Project Loan

The extra funds will be used to upgrade water and sanitation services in four major dry zone towns in the north and northwest of the country to support economic activity, job creation and residents’ quality of life.

Sri Lanka – Local Government Enhancement Sector Project Loan

The project will improve local infrastructure and services delivered by local governments in less-developed areas of seven provinces as well as strengthen the capacity of those local governments.

Sri Lanka: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Finance Project

This private sector project aims to provide better financing access for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the backbone of the Sri Lankan economy. NTB is a medium-sized private commercial bank that has a strong SME platform. The $15 million, five-year ADB loan to NTB will be used for lending to SME borrowers in the northern and eastern post-conflict provinces of the country and in the southern provinces affected by the 2004 tsunami. To promote inclusive financial development, the project will include geographic targets for NTB lending in post-conflict areas, as well as gender lending targets to support women involved in SMEs.

Technical Assistance Supporting Public Management through e-Government Capacity Development

Between January 2012 and June 2013, this technical assistance will help implement e-government projects and develop e-government toolkits related to business process, organizational capacity and governance of information technology for the tax administration management information systems and/or social security administration information systems in Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Viet Nam.