Sri Lanka and ADB
In the Spotlight
After a series of vast transformations over the last 5 decades, Sri Lanka, in partnership with ADB, is attempting another bold transition.
Cybercafés arise as small urban businesses but are not financially viable in rural areas. Telecenters are a governmental response, modeled after cybercafés, to try to bring the benefits of computers and the internet to underserved rural communities.
This brief discusses ADB's project supporting a major government water resources project in Sri Lanka to divert untapped water from the Mahaweli River.
Sri Lanka is entering a new stage of development and, within a few years, will be ready to reach upper-middle-income status. The country’s new government - which was formed following the presidential and general elections in January 2015 and August 2015, respectively - is focused on inclusive growth, good governance, and private sector development.
ADB is aligning its operations in Sri Lanka with the evolving needs of the country and the priorities of the new government.
Sri Lanka is a member of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program.
Projects in Sri Lanka
Average annual population growth rate in Sri Lanka (2011-2016)
Population living below the national poverty line in Sri Lanka (2012)
Population in Sri Lanka, in millions (2016)
Maternal mortality ratio in Sri Lanka, per 100,000 live births (2015)