Sri Lanka and ADB
In the Spotlight
An ADB-supported legal aid program in Sri Lanka has helped survivors of the Asian Tsunami obtain legal custody of orphans, replace land titles, and re-establish identities.
The growth outlook for developing Asia and the Pacific remains steady, even though momentum slowed in the second half of 2014, but the declining oil prices represent a golden opportunity for many beneficial reforms, ADB says in a new report.
ADB has approved an $800 million loan facility to fund rural and national road upgrades in six provinces in Sri Lanka that will significantly improve access of remote communities to markets, services, and jobs.
The Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2014 presents the latest available economic, financial, social, and environmental statistics for the 48 regional members of ADB. Download the statistical tables for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka's social indicators are among the best in South Asia. The country has achieved near universal literacy, and has a comparatively low poverty level. Economic growth has been steady since the military conflict ended, but slowed in 2012. Growth had, however, picked up strongly again by the third quarter of 2013.
ADB assistance to Sri Lanka supports energy, roads, water supply and sanitation, education and skills development, and post-conflict reconstruction of the north and east. ADB is also involved in water resource management.
20.48(2013) Population in millions
0.3%(2008-2013) Average annual population growth rate
6.5%(2012) Population living below the national poverty line