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Sri Lanka - Transport sector memorandum (English)

This study analyzes institutional, operational, investment and policy issues by updating the data developed for the Transport Sector Planning Study (TSPS), and translates that analysis into a policy framework. The focus is on surface modes (road and rail), including urban transport problems; cursory treatment is given to the ports and air transport subsectors which have been functioning relatively well. The role of transport in the Sri Lankan economy, development strategy by mode of transportation, public investment programs, and donor involvement in the transport sector are the major topics of this report. Coastal shipping, which has only a minor role to play in the provision of transport services, is not addressed in this report.


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    Pre-2003 Economic or Sector Report

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    Sri Lanka,

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    South Asia,

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    Sri Lanka - Transport sector memorandum

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Sri Lanka - Transport sector memorandum (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.