Sri Lanka: Colombo Urban Regeneration Project (AIIB-000081)

  • Sri Lanka
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Specific Location
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Apr 4, 2019
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Government of Sri Lanka
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  • Construction
  • Infrastructure
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 200.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 280.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AIIB website

Updated in EWS Jun 29, 2020

Disclosed by Bank May 9, 2018

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Project Description

The Project objective is to improve the housing conditions of low-income communities and increase land use efficiency in Colombo through investments in the construction of affordable housing and the redevelopment of land.

The bank document stated that the direct beneficiaries of HEIP include approximately 16,356 students (5,070 females: 31.0 percent) in the relevant departments at targeted HEIs who will enhance learning from: (a) improved  teaching; (b) additional research opportunities; (c) more learning materials; and (d) upgraded facilities. Other beneficiaries include academic staff at targeted HEIs who will benefit from the higher education partnership programs and research funds.


Investment Description
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)


Government of Sri Lanka US$ 80 million

Contact Information

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Anzheng Wei
ProjectTeam Leader/Investment Officer
Tel: +86(10) 8358 0195

Madara Sevwandi De Silva
Director, External Resources Department
Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs
Tel: +94 112484717

Implementation Agency
E.A.C. Priyashantha
Director, Housing Urban Development Authority
Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development
Tel: +94 714443972


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