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Sri Lanka: Improving Project Readiness and Portfolio Management - Phase II

Sovereign (Public) Project | 48374-002 Status: Approved

1. The transaction TA facility will provide capacity building, project preparation and implementation support, and knowledge sharing to help improve Sri Lanka's portfolio performance. The TA facility will improve the readiness of pipeline projects and support the implementation of ongoing projects through: (i) demand driven and tailored capacity development programs on project design, implementation, evaluation, cross cutting thematic areas, and procurement; (ii) structured annual portfolio reviews; and (iii) documenting lessons learned and developing knowledge products for sharing and cross learning among sectors and the region. These will ensure project readiness and quality at entry of pipeline projects and sound implementation performance of ongoing projects. ADB supports the government's approach of maximizing utilization of existing government workforce. However, if such capacity is not available, the TA facility will prioritize mobilization of national experts.

Project Details

Project Officer
Nanayakkara, Aruna Uddeeptha South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Sri Lanka
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Improving Project Readiness and Portfolio Management - Phase II
Project Number 48374-002
Country Sri Lanka
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6599-SRI: Improving Project Readiness and Portfolio Management - Phase II
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Irrigation

Education / Secondary

Energy / Electricity transmission and distribution

Health / Health system development

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description 1. The transaction TA facility will provide capacity building, project preparation and implementation support, and knowledge sharing to help improve Sri Lanka's portfolio performance. The TA facility will improve the readiness of pipeline projects and support the implementation of ongoing projects through: (i) demand driven and tailored capacity development programs on project design, implementation, evaluation, cross cutting thematic areas, and procurement; (ii) structured annual portfolio reviews; and (iii) documenting lessons learned and developing knowledge products for sharing and cross learning among sectors and the region. These will ensure project readiness and quality at entry of pipeline projects and sound implementation performance of ongoing projects. ADB supports the government's approach of maximizing utilization of existing government workforce. However, if such capacity is not available, the TA facility will prioritize mobilization of national experts. Mobilization of international experts will be considered if national experts are not available. The TA facility, although not included in Sri Lanka's Country Operations Business Plan (2020-2022), was requested by the Government of Sri Lanka on 25 September 2020 to support government efforts in minimizing delays in projects. The Department of External Resources, Ministry of Finance, through its letter dated 7 October 2020, confirmed the purpose, scope, implementation arrangements, costs, and financing arrangements of the TA facility.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy 4. To sustain the existing portfolio performance and strengthen performance of new sectors and thematic areas, capacities, and systems of executing and implementing agencies in designing and implementing projects need to be strengthened. For the past few years, project performance is often affected by (i) lack of counterpart fund and foreign fund allocation; (ii) low project readiness of pipeline projects resulting in startup delays which impact costs and timelines; and (iii) poor capacity of executing and implementing agencies in procurement, consultant recruitment, construction management, contract administration, financial management, safeguards, gender, and monitoring and evaluation. Projects also experience high turnover of key project staff which requires repeat training programs to build and retain institutional knowledge. Low participation of good quality contractors and consultants in procurement process and poor performance during implementation are other factors that impede implementation. Due to these factors, project implementation is impacted in terms of time, cost, quality, and its outcomes. It is important to build on lessons learned from the implementation experience of projects to improve the design of new projects and implementation of ongoing projects. Further, exposing project staff to thematic topics would facilitate adoption of modern project management practices, innovative approaches, and technologies.
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions
Procurement Procurement will be done in accordance with ADB Procurement Policy (2017 as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Nanayakkara, Aruna Uddeeptha
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Sri Lanka Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Department of External Resources
Ministry of Finance & Planning
P.O. Box 277, Secretariat Bldg.(3rd Flr)
Colombo 1, Sri Lanka
Ministry of Finance
The Secretariat Building
Colombo 01
Sri Lanka
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 18 Nov 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 18 Nov 2020

TA 6599-SRI

Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 0.00 80,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,580,000.00 - 0.00

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