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US$ 101.5M to Sri Lanka for skills development

US$ 101.5M to Sri Lanka for skills development
US$ 101.5M to Sri Lanka for skills development 
The World Bank approved a US$ 101.5 million IDA credit to expand the availability of
employable workers by increasing access to high quality, labour market relevant
skills development programmes. The project will open new career prospects for
skilled employment that is critical to sustain growth in a middle income
country.

 

Sri
Lanka’s workforce is the most educated in South Asia: about 96% of its citizens
complete primary school and 87% secondary school, and there is gender parity in
school completion. Despite a large number of educated young workers, Sri
Lanka’s labour market is characterized by high youth unemployment, high
underemployment, and considerable informality. Although the overall
unemployment rate declined from 9% in 2000 to 4% in 2012,
about 20% of 15–24 year-olds were still unemployed in 2012.

The
Project will be structured around two components: 

(a) Programme Support to the
SSDP; 
(b) Innovation, Results Monitoring, and Capacity Building. 
The
Project will be implemented by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills
Development, working closely with the Ministry of Finance and Planning and
other relevant ministries and agencies.

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