Sri Lanka and ADB
In the Spotlight
A loan from ADB is helping Sri Lanka upgrade secondary schools, giving many girls the opportunity of achieving their dream of qualifying in science and technology subjects and ultimately working in male-dominated professions.
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Despite Sri Lanka's well-established technical and vocational education and training system and a greater proportion of workers with secondary or tertiary education, the rate of increase in workers average productivity is only moderate.
From 1968 to 2011, ADB approved 157 loans amounting to $5.3 billion and 245 technical assistance projects amounting to $115 million for Sri Lanka. ADB supports the government's efforts in the post-conflict reconstruction of the northern and eastern provinces.
Sri Lanka’s social indicators are among the best in South Asia, with near universal literacy, and comparatively low levels of poverty. Since the country’s civil conflict ended in May 2009, Sri Lanka has recorded high economic growth.
The new government that was formed following the presidential election in January 2015 is focused on inclusive growth and good governance.
ADB assistance focuses on promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, catalyzing private investment and enhancing the effectiveness of public investment, and supporting human resource and knowledge development.
Projects in Sri Lanka