The International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank has provided a loan facility of $ 70 million to strengthen the service provided by 134 Local Authorities in the Northern, Eastern, North Central and Uva Provinces under the Local Development Support Project (LDSP).
The signing of this Loan Agreement took place on Tuesday the May 14, in the Ministry of Finance by Ministry of Finance Secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough on behalf of the World Bank.
This development support project is designed to strengthen local authorities’ capabilities to deliver services to communities in a responsive and accountable manner and to support economic infrastructure development in participating provinces by strengthening local government planning systems, improving local services and economic infrastructure and institutional development, etc.
The Government had requested the World Bank Group to provide financial assistance to implement the above priority, for which the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank has shown their interest to mobilise its funds through a credit of $ 70 million.
Total estimated cost is approximately $ 100 million, out of which IDA credit is $ 70 million, Government will contribute $ 7 million and the balance will be financed by European Union (EU) as grant.
The overall responsibility of the implementation of this project lies with the Ministry of Provincial Councils, Local Government and Sports.