Under the leadership of Sagala Ratnayaka, Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff, a high-level meeting transpired at the Presidential Secretariat involving delegates from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The primary agenda revolved around Sri Lanka’s forthcoming water supply sector reform, set to be actualized with the financial support of the ADB. Deliberations predominantly focused on formulating a comprehensive policy framework and an efficient monitoring system crucial for the successful execution of the proposed reform program.
The core objectives of these reforms aim at elevating the administration of climate-resilient, safe, and environmentally sustainable water supply systems across the country.
In-depth discussions encompassed strategies geared towards reinforcing the policy architecture, highlighting governance, sustainability, efficiency, resilience, and capacity-building within water operations.
Crucially, it was emphasized that the collaborative execution of this pivotal initiative would involve concerted efforts from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Water Supply, and the National Water Supply and Drainage Board.
The meeting witnessed the participation of Water Supply and Estate Infrastructure Development Minister Jeevan Thondaman, President’s Senior Adviser on Economic Affairs Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga, Secretary of the Water Supply Ministry R.M.W.S. Samaradivakara, alongside ADB’s Country Director for Sri Lanka, Takafumi Kadono, and other notable representatives.