The Asian Development Bank (ADB) which is working towards capacity building, upscaling infrastructure facilities and economic cooperation towards regional economic development while having an outward approach to reach inclusive growth in its development agenda is hopeful that Sri Lanka could benefit from the ongoing development activities in Nepal in terms of infrastructure and tourism promotion.
“The infrastructure development related to road network and capacity building will spur the opportunities for improved connectivity and thereby will fuel the growth in tourist arrivals. The construction of the second international airport in Lumbini, the birth place of The Buddha will attract religious tourism to Nepal while also promoting such places in Sri Lanka, it could reap mutual benefits. To this end collaborative promotional programs are necessary by the two countries,” Country Director ADB Nepal Resident Mission, Khamudkhanov said.
The ADB is supporting the Government of Nepal in its efforts to build infrastructure, develop human capital and transform agriculture to achieve inclusive development. In the development program for Nepal, the ADB also emphasises institutional capacity building, gender equality and social inclusion and mitigating the effects of climate change.