The Department of National Planning organized a full day workshop for the officers who involve in development planning in all ministries and provincial councils dividing them into three groups on the theme of “Strategic Project Preparation” in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on 14th, 21st and 28th of September 2018. The objectives of this workshop were to introduce the revised project submission format and further enhance the competence of officials in strategic project preparation and appraisal through the practical sessions. Total number of 170 officials from 41 line ministries and 9 provincial councils participated in the workshop. The workshop was consisted of theoretical session on planning related terminologies and practical session on identifying key project components using given case studies. The workshop successfully concluded giving vast knowledge and experience in preparation of comprehensive project proposal.      




South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Trade Facilitation and Transport Working Group Meeting was held from 07th to 08th February 2017 at Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo






The SASEC Trade Facilitation and Transport Working Group Meeting was held in Colombo on 07th and 08th February 2017 to review the progress of ongoing SASEC Projects in transport and trade    facilitation, discuss and seek to endorse SASEC vision document  and update the SASEC Operational Plan (2016-2025). Delegates from the Governments of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, and staff and consultants of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) participated in the meeting. Mr. Sanjaya Mudalige, Director General, Department of National Planning and SASEC Nodal Official for Sri Lanka, chaired the meeting. Mr. Hun Kim, Director General, South Asia Department, ADB, co-chaired the meeting. Hon. Niroshan Perera, State Minister of the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs was the chief guest in the opening session and gave the inaugural address. Hon. State Minister stated the shift of global economic growth and influence toward Asia, and the opportunity for the SASEC regional partnership will create a level playing field for all members to benefit in terms of development outcomes. Mr. M.I.M.Rafeek, Secretary of the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, and Mr. Hun Kim delivered welcome and opening remarks.