Asian Development Bank backs future water supply projects in Sri Lanka



Wijeya Newspapers


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has assured to provide financial assistance to implement water supply sector reform program in Sri Lanka. This was revealed during a discussion held with the President, on National Security, and Chief of Presidential Staff Sagala Ratnayaka with representatives from the ADB at a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat. The focus of the meeting centered on the upcoming water supply sector reform program in Sri Lanka, which is set to be implemented through financial assistance from the ADB. The deliberations primarily addressed the policy planning and monitoring framework integral to the proposed reform program. The key objectives of these reforms revolve around enhancing the management of climate-resilient, safe and environmentally sustainable water supply systems. Additionally, the discussions delved into strategies for fortifying the policy framework, emphasising governance, sustainability, efficiency, resilience and capacity in water operations. It was underscored that the execution of this significant initiative would be undertaken collaboratively by the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Water Supply and the National Water Supply and Drainage Board. Minister Jeevan Thondaman, President’s Senior Adviser on Economic Affairs Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga, the Secretary of the Ministry of Water Supply R.M.W.S. Samaradivakara, Asian Development Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka Takafumi Kadono and other representatives were also present at this meeting.