After successfully completing 5 years of assignment in Sri Lanka with cordial relationship with government agencies including ERD, Mr.Jorn Sorensen, UNDP Resident Representative is leaving the Country in July, 2019.

At his farewell at the ERD, he expressed his whole hearted gratitude to the ERD team for the better  working-level relationship, that ERD had with the UNDP throughout his entire tenure. At the meeting, he also touched upon few matters to be brought forward near future.

During his tenure in Sri Lanka, he has assisted his team to task especially on governance, climate resilience, gender equality and youth and innovation and showed better performances for the betterment of the country.

ERD also wishes him all the best for his future endeavors!!

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In line with the Government of Sri Lanka’s policy to increase the number of Police Station to 600 with the view to further strengthen the public security, law and order of the country, the government has taken a policy decision to Purchase of 750 Nos Jeeps for Sri Lanka Police (including 150 Nos Jeeps for Special Task Force). The decision has been approved the cabinet of ministers’ for implementation. The financing arrangement for this project has been made with the Government of India through utilization of concessionary funding available in an existing Indian Line of Credit. Accordingly, USD 20 million will be utilized from the above credit line for the procurement of 750 jeeps. At the moment, the prequalification process has been started prior to commence the tendering process.

 

Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) had fielded a mission in Sri Lanka during 27th February to 1st March 2019 to review the progress of SFD funded projects. During the mission, SFD officials had project review discussions on following SFD funded projects,

  • Epilepsy Hospital and Health Centers Project
  • Kalu Ganga Development Project
  • Road Network Development Project
  • Badulla – Chenkaladi Road Improvement Project
  • Left Bank Development Project in Kalu Ganga
  • Wayamba University Township Development Project

Further, SFD has agreed to provide Saudi Riyal 187.5 million (USD 50 Million) for the Establishment of Medical Faculty for the University of Sabaragamuwa and Loan Negotiation will be held on April this year. The proposed project will increase the opportunity for talented advanced Level qualified students to enter the National University system.

Since, there is a continued close collaboration and very cordial partnership between two countries, SFD has agreed to provide more financial assistance to enhance the economic development of Sri Lanka by implementing development projects for the benefit of the people of Sri Lanka.

Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has taken a policy decision to procure 500 buses including 400 Nos. 50-54 High Back Seater New Buses and 100 Nos. 32-35 Seater New Buses for Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB). The main objective of this project is to replace over 15 year old bus fleet in order to maintain the present operation level of SLTB without depleting in rural routes. Accordingly, with the approval of the cabinet of Ministers’, the GOSL has decided utilize the funds available in an existing Indian Line of Credit for procurement buses which is a concessionary financing facility. In light of this, the Government of India has agreed to allocate USD 15.03 million in this regard from the same Credit Line. At the moment, the prequalification process has been undertaken prior to commencement of the tendering process.

 

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