Sri Lanka’s foreign-funded infrastructure and development projects, under implantation are either delayed or suspended midway due to lack of proper coordination between various public institutions that implement such projects, a progress review report revealed.
In view of this situation, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) discussed about some of the stalled development projects in the country ON Monday 07.
The President’s Office said that a number of development activities funded by USAID have already been launched in the country.“Some of these projects remain inactive due to various reasons. Both parties discussed the reasons for the delay and agreed to complete the development work expeditiously,”
.Steps have now been taken to accelerate USAID funded development projects in Sri Lanka.This was discussed at a meeting held between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Director of the USAID Sri Lanka Office, Reed J. Aeschliman, at the Presidential Secretariat Monday afternoon.
The President highlighted the need to implement the development activities funded by USAID in a productive manner to support the national policy framework..Details of other delayed foreign agency funded projects have also been revealed in the progress review report.
Ceylon Electricity Board had been assigned as the implementation agency of 11 projects of which financial assistance was provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2017/2018.Various sections of those projects had been implemented by different divisions of the Board.
The progress inspection report observed in the audit that the presentation of financial statements of the projects had been delayed due to not having a proper coordination between those divisions.
The physical progress of those projects has not being attained up to the intended level, the report said.
The Skills Sector Development Project has been implemented from 2014 through nine institutions under the Ministry of Vocational Training with the loan assistance of theADB and of the International Development Association.
The main aim of the project was to improve the quality and the international recognition of the vocational training field in Sri Lanka.
Some functions under the Greater Colombo Wastewater Management Project had to be either suspended or to be altered due to not having a proper coordination between the institutions of the Ministry of Town Planning and Water Supply, Colombo Municipal Council and the Urban Development Authority.