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    JAPAN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGENCY

    JANUARY - MARCH 2014 NUMBER 4 SRI LANKA

    6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A

    INSIDE

    Introducing JICAs newChief Representative

    The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Sri Lanka, warmly welcomed Mr. Kiyoshi Amada, the new Chief Representative to Sri Lanka, recently. He is a former Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Chief Representative in Bangladesh and a Senior Advisor to the Director General, South Asia Department of JICA. Mr. Amada brings not only his familiarity with South Asian culture but a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new post in Sri Lanka

    He expressed his delight at being in Sri Lanka and said, Sri Lankas economy is set to grow rapidly, but as a middle-income country it now has to face a new set of challenges. The challenges, he opined are problems of urbanization such as transport, sewage and solid waste management; tackling non-communicable diseases; and the transformation from labor-intensive industries to knowledge-based or high-quality product industries. It is important that these development issues are understood and to charter JICAs assistance to best meet the current development needs, says Mr. Amada. He also pointed out that in terms of economic

    and social development indicators, Sri Lanka is ahead among South Asian countries and it can be a good lesson to other countries in this region.

    Mr. Amada has taken up the appointment as the Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) celebrates its 60th anniversary. Sri Lanka was one of the early recipients of the Japanese assistance programmes that commenced with Japan joining the Colombo Plan in 1954. The first landmark projects in Sri Lanka were launched in 1978, and were the Telecommunications Network Expansion Project and the Inginimitiya Dam project. I was very happy to learn from Sri Lankan Government officials of the enormous and significant contribution Japan has made to the countrys development, he said. Mr. Amada also said that he always has in mind the words of Lord Buddha, quoted by the former President JR Jayewardene in support of Japan in 1951 - hatred ceases not by hatred but by love. Mr. Jayewardenes reference was made in a speech at the Conference for the Conclusion and Signature of the Treaty of Peace with Japan in San Francisco, USA on 6 Sep. 1951.

    Mr. Amada admits with a smile that he has fallen under the spell of mother Lanka, first on hearing the lyrics and rhythm of the national anthem Sri Lanka Matha. He remains interested in the cultural diversity, the beauty of the fauna and flora and the culinary delights that the island offers. Sweet pineapples and prawn curry are his favourites, although he says at times it can be a bit too spicy for him. He enjoys kite flying with his daughters on Galle Face Green and is keen to understand the popular game of cricket. Very enthusiastic about the JICA programme in Sri Lanka, he says I look forward to working with the Japanese and Sri Lankan staff of JICA to support Sri Lanka to overcome its current challenges.

    A New Hi-Tech Bridge for Kelani River

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    Connected Expressways Heralds a New Era

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    Strengthening Dairy Farming in Sri Lanka

    Page4

    Sri Lankan 5S Experience to Cambodia

    Page5

    New Technology toReduce Generation ofSolid Waste

    Page6

    Preschool EducationPage7

    New Kotikawatta Mulleriyawa Water Supply Scheme

    Page8

    Safer Roads for Sustainable Development

    Page10

    JICAs New Volunteers Focus on Education and Skills Development

    Page11

    Japanese ODA 60th Anniversary

    Page12

    New ambulances from JICA

    Participants at Pre School Workshop

    Mr. Kiyoshi Amada briefs journalists on JICAs operations in Sri Lanka

  • 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A

    JANUARY - MARCH 2014 NUMBER 4 SRI LANKA Page 2

    Project News

    J I C A I n t h e

    Media

    6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A

    CALENDARA p r i l j u n e

    JICAs 44th loan package to Sri Lanka will fund the construction of a hi-tech environmentally friendly new bridge over the Kelani River, ensuring a smooth flow of traffic to and from the Colombo City. The concessionary loan agreement for JPY 35,020 million (approx. Rs. 45 Billion) comes under the Special Terms for Economic Partnership, with 0.1% p.a. interest and a 40-year repayment period.

    The 6-lane bridge across the Kelani River at Peliyagoda will extend southwards from Colombo-Katunayake Expressway, and then branch towards Port Access Road and Baseline Road. JICA is proud to be the partner of the Government of Sri Lanka in constructing the Gateway to Colombo with this new Kelani Bridge, Mr. Kiyoshi Amada, the Chief Representative of JICA Sri Lanka Office said.

    Japanese technology will be used to construct this landmark bridge as an extradosed bridge, with cable stays connected to towers on either side. This design enables longer spans eliminating the need for piers on the riverbed and

    PRojECt NEwS

    A New Hi-Tech Bridge for Kelani River44th JICA Loan Package-Approx. Rs.45 Billion

    will minimize any impact on the water flow or the ecological balance of the river.

    The buildings of the Atomic Energy Agency, and National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority located in the vicinity will be relocated to make way for the new Bridge and interchange. Both organisations have been allocated new land, and replacement buildings will be constructed under the Project with JICA financing.

    Over 400 low-income households located in the site earmarked for the Project will receive new houses with all amenities at Urban Development Authority housing complexes nearby. The resettlement is conducted by Road Development Authority, in accordance with the National Involuntary Resettlement Policy and JICAs environmental and social safeguard process, to ensure inclusive development in these large-scale projects.

    The project is implemented by the Road Development Authority, under the guidance of Ministry of Highways, Ports and Shipping.

    Takakura Composting Network Kick-off Meeting

    Teachers Workshop on Kids Physical Fitness at Sakuara Model Preschool

    JICA volunteers to hold workshops on Japanese Calligraphy and Hiroshima Atomic Bomb at Galle Childrens Mini- Festival

    Seminar on JICA supported Projects in Road Sector in Eastern Province

    Opening Ceremony of the Japanese Language Laboratory at Sabaragamuwa University

    Seminar on Construction Safety Measures

    Presentation of Final Report of Urban Transport Master Plan for Colombo Metropolitan Area

    Japanese assistance to build 37 new bridges around the country

    Divaina14Jan14

    JICA Volunteers to focus on education and skills development

    The Island29Jan14

    New sixlane BRIDGE over Kelani River

    Daily Mirror8Feb14

    Drinking water for 60,000 families through the Kalu Ganga Water project in the year 2015

    Ada26Feb14

    From E01 to E02 and beyond: JICA continues assistance for transportation in Sri Lanka

    The Island6Mar14

    Distribution of 86 fully equipped hightech ambulances to hospitals

    The Island14Mar14

    Rs.615 million by JICA to develop two roads in the Kegalle district

    Dinamina21Mar14

    To construct Gateway to Colombo JICA pumps in Rs.45 billion loan

    The Nation30Mar14

    Architectural perspective of the proposed new Kelani Bridge

  • Project NewsJANUARY - MARCH 2014 NUMBER 4 SRI LANKA Page 3

    6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A 6 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f O D A

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    Connected Expressways Heralds a New Era for Travel in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka has taken a giant step towards progressive development of the road network with the launching of the Sri Lankas Southern Expressway (E01) and then the Outer Circular Expressway (E02).

    JICA has financed 66 km of the Southern Expressway, and has also provided financing for both the Kottawa-Kaduwela (11km) and Kaduwela-Kadawatha (8.9km) sections of the Colombo Outer Circular Expressway. Once the 3rd section from Kaduwela to Kerawalapitiya is completed, the Outer Circular Expressway will link the Southern Expressway and the Colombo Katunayake Expressway. It will also act as a North-South artery for Colombo bypassing the inner city area, thereby easing traffic congestion in the commercial capital.

    To construct the first section, JICA provided a concessionary long-term loan to the value of JPY 21,917 million (approx. LKR 28 billion). This section includes the 3.3km long Mahawewa viaduct currently the longest in Sri Lanka. Savings f

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News Sri Lanka FROM JAPAN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGENCY JANUARY - MARCH 2014 NUMBER 4 SRI LANKA 60 th Anniversary of ODA 60 th Anniversary of ODA 60 th Anniversary of ODA INSIDE Introducing JICA’s new Chief Representative The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Sri Lanka, warmly welcomed Mr. Kiyoshi Amada, the new Chief Representative to Sri Lanka, recently. He is a former Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Chief Representative in Bangladesh and a Senior Advisor to the Director General, South Asia Department of JICA. Mr. Amada brings not only his familiarity with South Asian culture but a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new post in Sri Lanka He expressed his delight at being in Sri Lanka and said, “Sri Lanka’s economy is set to grow rapidly, but as a middle- income country it now has to face a new set of challenges.” The challenges, he opined are problems of urbanization such as transport, sewage and solid waste management; tackling non-communicable diseases; and the transformation from labor-intensive industries to knowledge- based or high-quality product industries. “It is important that these development issues are understood and to charter JICA’s assistance to best meet the current development needs,” says Mr. Amada. He also pointed out that in terms of economic and social development indicators, Sri Lanka is ahead among South Asian countries and it can be a good lesson to other countries in this region. Mr. Amada has taken up the appointment as the Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) celebrates its 60th anniversary. Sri Lanka was one of the early recipients of the Japanese assistance programmes that commenced with Japan joining the Colombo Plan in 1954. The first landmark projects in Sri Lanka were launched in 1978, and were the Telecommunications Network Expansion Project and the Inginimitiya Dam project. “I was very happy to learn from Sri Lankan Government officials of the enormous and significant contribution Japan has made to the country’s development,” he said. Mr. Amada also said that he always has in mind the words of Lord Buddha, quoted by the former President JR Jayewardene in support of Japan in 1951 - “hatred ceases not by hatred but by love.” Mr. Jayewardene’s reference was made in a speech at the Conference for the Conclusion and Signature of the Treaty of Peace with Japan in San Francisco, USA on 6 Sep. 1951. Mr. Amada admits with a smile that he has fallen under the spell of mother Lanka, first on hearing the lyrics and rhythm of the national anthem “Sri Lanka Matha.” He remains interested in the cultural diversity, the beauty of the fauna and flora and the culinary delights that the island offers. Sweet pineapples and prawn curry are his favourites, although he says at times it can be a bit too spicy for him. He enjoys kite flying with his daughters on Galle Face Green and is keen to understand the popular game of cricket. Very enthusiastic about the JICA programme in Sri Lanka, he says “I look forward to working with the Japanese and Sri Lankan staff of JICA to support Sri Lanka to overcome its current challenges.” A New Hi-Tech Bridge for Kelani River Page–2 Connected Expressways Heralds a New Era Page–3 Strengthening Dairy Farming in Sri Lanka Page–4 Sri Lankan 5S Experience to Cambodia Page–5 New Technology to Reduce Generation of Solid Waste Page–6 Preschool Education Page–7 New Kotikawatta Mulleriyawa Water Supply Scheme Page–8 Safer Roads for Sustainable Development Page–10 JICA’s New Volunteers Focus on Education and Skills Development Page–11 Japanese ODA 60 th Anniversary Page–12 New ambulances from JICA Participants at Pre School Workshop Mr. Kiyoshi Amada briefs journalists on JICA’s operations in Sri Lanka
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