Sri Lanka: Fiscal Management Efficiency Project (formerly Fiscal Management Reform Program II)

Sovereign Project | 38356-013 Status: Approved


ADB is supporting Sri Lanka’s public finance management reforms that will enable increased investments in less developed regions. The project will introduce new tax revenue and treasury management systems, which will strengthen public resource management, giving the government the fiscal space to step up spending in lagging and conflict-affected regions.

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Project Name Fiscal Management Efficiency Project (formerly Fiscal Management Reform Program II)
Project Number 38356-013
Country Sri Lanka
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2624-SRI: Fiscal Management Efficiency Project (formerly Fiscal Management Reform Program II)
Ordinary capital resources US$ 30.80 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Public expenditure and fiscal management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The project aims to ensure greater sustainability of public investments in Sri Lanka, particularly in the less developed regions, through more effective public resource management. It seeks to do so by enhancing the fiscal space (i.e., availability of greater resources) as a result of bringing about improved tax administration and compliance as well as more efficient public financial management. This will be largely attained through establishment of two management information system- one related to revenue and the other to expenditure management.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The rationale for the project is to help the government in its efforts, particularly in a post-conflict environment, to bring about sustainable and equitable development, including providing greater scope for increasing investments in reconstruction and infrastructure development. The success of the Fiscal Management Reform Program (FMRP), and the impetus for fiscal management reforms that it helped create, sets the proper scene for a project that now focuses on systems and on human resource capacity development in this area.
Impact Greater sustainability of public investments, particularly in the less-developed regions, achieved through more effective public resource management
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Enhanced fiscal space for social and economic development resulting from improved tax administration and

compliance as well as efficient public financial management system

Progress Toward Outcome

The National University of Singapore was recruited by the EA in January 2013 on a QCBS basis to conduct training programs on E-Governance and Change Management for the senior staff of the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) and MOFP. In January 2013, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy was also recruited by the EA on a QCBS basis to conduct executive training for staff of MOFP in Public Finance and Strategic Management.

An Executive Training Program on "Effective Performance Management Systems Best Practices" was concluded on a SSS basis for senior government officials by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in September 2013.

6 training programs on areas related to public financial management were conducted by the National University of Singapore and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy for relevant government officials from 2011 onwards to-date.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. More accountable revenue management

2. More efficient expenditure management

3. More capable public resource managers

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

From the original loan amounting to $50.0 million, the RAMIS portion amounting to $19.2 million was cancelled, effective 11 February 2013. The FMEP loan amount is now $30.8 million. Subsequent to ADB's cancellation of this portion, it was replaced by Government financing. The RAMIS procurement has been structured in a manner consistent with the technical specifications prepared under FMEP. The RAMIS contract was awarded to Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (the IT arm of the Government of Singapore) in June 2014.

On June 28 2013, ITMIS contract was awarded to Samsung SDS Co. Ltd at a total negotiated price of US$ 17,755,092 + LKR 30,000,000 as provided and installed costs (ADB financing) plus US$5,023,181 + LKR9,575,280 as recurrent costs during warranty period to be financed by the Government. The contract was signed as planned on 14 August 2013 and project implementation started in September 2013. The As-Is and To-Be Study Phases were completed in 2014 but the PMU highlighted that there were certain gaps in As-Is and To-Be study phases, which the System Implementation Partner (SIP), Samsung had committed for addressing such gaps during the system requirement stage (SRS) stage. Accordingly, only a conditional sign-off was provided for completion of these two phases. ITMIS is currently at requirement specification stage and so far Ministry of Finance has given clearance for 13 out of 14 modules, except cash planning module. Currently, negotiations between Samsung and Ministry of Finance to solve issues involved in cash planning module is ongoing. The new Finance Minister appointed in January 2015 advised Samsung to expedite the ITMIS implementation and to have the budget planning module ready for use to prepare the Government Budget by mid-October 2015. Before budget planning module goes live in October, test operations, user acceptance testing, third party testing, gathering required data for migration should be completed.

Samsung and the Ministry of Finance have not still finalized the Go-Live web portal of the Ministry. In order to minimize ITMIS implementation delays, the SIP has undertaken milestones from the successive stages, i.e the SRS and system configuration phases are now simultaneously carried out.

So far, 5 training and capacity building components have been completed in the areas of public finance and strategic management, e-Governance, change management, performance management systems, business English and various knowledge sharing sessions internationally. A training program on Advanced Management Development was conducted by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the Academy of Financial Studies in Sri Lanka in March 2014 to benefit a larger number of government officials.

Geographical Location Sri Lanka
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Not applicable
Involuntary Resettlement Not applicable
Indigenous Peoples Not applicable
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Stakeholder groups engaged in project formulation include government agencies, think tanks, and business associations. The decisions made through consultation and participation processes included (i) computerization and simplification of processes, including those in revenue and expenditure management information system, and (ii) related capacity development and training.
During Project Implementation A consultation & participation (C&P) plan was not prepared as the scope of the loan is designing and implementing management information system projects in the public sector, C&P with other stakeholder groups is not deemed mandatory.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services All consultants to be financed from the proceeds of the loan shall be selected in accordance with ADB Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time). The project will require 90 person-months of international consultant and 120 personmonths of national consultant services. International and national firms and individual consultants will be engaged to provide advanced IT training, and knowledge enhancement training in various areas including national budget execution and implementation, public expenditure management, centralized accounting system management, tax and customs administration, revenue enhancement, treasury operation management, and procurement management. Training institutions or individual consultants will be engaged to provide capacity development and relevant knowledge enhancement in various areas as mentioned above. Training institutions or firms will be engaged following the quality- and cost-based selection method and the weighting will follow the standard quality-cost ratio of 80:20.
Procurement The procurement of goods and services under the loan will be in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2007, as amended from time to time). Procurement of goods and services estimated at $500,000 and above will be awarded on the basis of international competitive bidding. National competitive bidding will be followed for goods and services less than $500,000, and procurement will be carried out in accordance with the government procurement guidelines acceptable to ADB with clarifications and modifications described in Section E of the procurement plan in Appendix 7. Shopping method will be followed for procurement of goods below $100,000.
Responsible ADB Officer Nishanthi Amerasinghe
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Sri Lanka Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance and Planning
P.O. Box 277
The Secretariat Building, Colombo 1
Sri Lanka
Concept Clearance 17 Jul 2009
Fact Finding 03 Dec 2009 to 11 Dec 2009
MRM 02 Feb 2010
Approval 15 Apr 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 06 Apr 2010
Last PDS Update 16 Sep 2015

Loan 2624-SRI

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Apr 2010 07 Jun 2010 05 Jul 2010 30 Apr 2014 30 Apr 2016 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 40.80 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 30.80 15 Apr 2010 21.30 0.00 69%
Counterpart 10.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 15 Apr 2010 7.59 0.00 25%

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