Sri Lanka and ADB
In the Spotlight
Since 1966, ADB has been a strong partner in the development of Sri Lanka, signing loans, grants, and technical assistance totaling $9.7 billion, and making ADB the country’s largest source of multilateral development assistance.
Sri Lanka’s President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena made his first visit to ADB headquarters while conducting a state visit to the Philippines and met with ADB President Mr. Takehiko Nakao.
Rapid Economic Development through Specific Cooperation Projects in Infrastructure and Transportation
The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) was established to promote free trade within the region, increase cross-border investment and tourism, and promote technical cooperation. Its seven-country membership comprises Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
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
- Strengthening Knowledge Partnership to Support Project Development
- Railway Efficiency Improvement Project
- Supporting the Implementation of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation Initiatives
- Developing South Asian Livable Cities Facility
- Advancing Cooperation in the Maritime Sector in South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program