Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 06 Feb 2007
PDS Updated as of 30 Jun 2008

Project Name Skills Development
Country Sri Lanka
Project/Program Number 31283-013
Status Approved
Geographical Location Sri Lanka and training centers nation wide
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Education
Subsector Technical Education and Vocational Skills Training
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)

Safeguard Categories

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Environment C

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

New civil works were limited to construction of a VT complex at Narahenpita and 24 new buildings and rehabilitation works of 140 buildings at existing VT centers for improvements of classrooms and laboratories. The Government's existing buildings standards were followed to avoid adverse environmental impacts during construction. There were no adverse environmental or social impacts were reported.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During the project design stage TA consultants conducted a demand and supply study covering 846 institutions in 10 occupational areas and interviewed different stakeholders to determine stakeholders; attitudes and preferences. Project implementation consultants have consulted stakeholders in preparing a national vocational qualification framework, skills standards, and introduction of quality assurance and accreditation system. The active participation of employers in the private sector was noted in the validation and endorsement of skills standards and curricula for 45 CBT courses.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The Project's main objective is to improve the quality and relevance of skills training programs aimed at building a high quality workforce to address the issues of skills mismatch and unemployment among rural and urban youth. The Project aims to restructure and reorient the vocational training (VT) system through introduction of competency-based training to ensure a closer partnership between VT institutions and the private sector.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Development Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2007 Feb 06
Consulting Services
The Ministry of Vocational Training and Rural Industries has engaged an international consulting firm and domestic consultants. Eight international consultants (89-person-months) and six domestic consultants (105 person-months) were recruited. The consultants were recruited in accordance with Nordic Development Fund approved procedures.
Supply of goods and services, including furniture and instructional materials will be procured in accordance with Bank's Guidelines for Procurement. The civil works contract for the construction of the new VT Complex was awarded on the basis of international competitive bidding procedures. The remaining civil works are expected to be small and scattered throughout the country and will be awarded on the basis of local competitive bidding procedures acceptable to the Bank.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 15 Apr 1999 to 29 Apr 1999
Management Review Meeting 10 Jun 1999
Approval 28 Oct 1999
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1707 28 Oct 1999 05 Nov 1999 21 Mar 2000 31 Oct 2006 31 Jan 2007 23 Jul 2007


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
22 Sep 2014 Loan 1707 19,140 0 98.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
22 Sep 2014 Loan 1707 19,495 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 1707

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Amarasena Gamaathige (
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Sri Lanka Resident Mission
Executing Agencies Ministry of Tertiary Education and Training
*Mr. Tilak Hapangama


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