ADB backs future water supply projects in Sri Lanka

November 20, 2023 at 12:35 PM

A discussion has been held on the upcoming water supply sector reform program in Sri Lanka, which is set to be implemented through financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

According to the President’s Media Division (PMD), the discussion took place at the Presidential Secretariat, chaired by Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff, Sagala Ratnayaka, with the participation of representatives from the ADB. 

The meeting primarily addressed the policy planning and monitoring framework integral to the proposed water supply sector 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, emphasizing 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 and other officials, Asian Development Bank’s Country Director for Sri Lanka Takafumi Kadono and other representatives were also present at this meeting. (NewsWire)