The Sri Lankan logistics industry is conscious of the increase in regional competition and the systemic digitization of the industry. These two aspects highlight the need for accelerated structural reform of the logistics industry. Regional neighbours such as India, United Arab Emirates and Singapore have intensified their efforts to capitalize on mentioned changes in the industry and are ahead of the curve in terms of their preparedness to attract emerging economic opportunities be it in the manufacturing or the services sector. Sri Lanka's proximity to many emerging markets has positioned it favorably as a very important hub in the region.
The government has planned to develop the infrastructure facilities in 13,305 ‘Grama Niladhari’ (GN) Divisions with the allocation of Rs.13, 300 million. State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Niroshan Perera, while at a meeting to review the progress of performance of the Ministry said that infrastructure development projects in 10,600 GN Divisions are already underway.
Disaster Resilient City Development Strategies for four Cities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka (Phase II)
- Funded by: Government of Australia; Aus$ 1,100,000
- Partners: Selected four Municipal Councils/Local Authorities (MC/LA), University of Moratuwa, Urban Development Authority, Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Disaster Management and local communities.
- Duration: 12 months (April 2013 – March 2014).
- Locations: Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaithivu in the Northern Province and Akkaraipattu in the Eastern Province.
Roads and Highway Development
The Government of Sri Lanka is implementing the Integrated Road Investment Program to improve the connectivity between rural communities and socioeconomic centres by improving the transport efficiency on selected national, provincial and local roads. Under the iRoad Program, around 3000km of rural roads in Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North Central, North Western Provinces and Kalutara district in Western province will be improved / rehabilitated and maintained for three years through 42 civil works contracts.
Badulla Chenkaladi Road Improvement Project
The Government of Sri Lanka has proposed to rehabilitate and improve A005 Road from Badulla to Chenkaladi (almost 147 km) except major bridges and last 4 km section at the Chenkaladi end. The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has already committed to grant equal loan amounts of 60 Million USD and the Government of Sri Lanka has contributed 20 Million USD.
One of the key outcomes of the project is road users can reach comfortably to urban areas of Uva province and the main cities of Eastern Province from Central, Sabaragamuwa and Western Provinces. Repairing damaged national roads would enable marketing and trade to resume from remote areas. Especially it would help tourists travelling to beaches in the East and to waterfalls in Uva to reduce travel time considerably. The Executing Agency (EA) for the Project is the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs. The Implementing Agency (IA)) is the Road Development Authority under the Ministry of Higher Education and Highways (MOHE&H). The estimated total cost of this project is US$ 140.00 million.