Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, the programme supports the government in designing and implementing social protection responses to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers of the tourism sector. This critical economic activity to the country has been hit hard by the restrictive measures imposed by the health emergency, leaving many workers unemployed and families without income security.

The project helps to provide mechanisms to extend social protection coverage and adequate benefits to both formal and informal tourism workers using a combination of contributory and non-contributory schemes, following the international social security standards and principles. The expected outcome is to assist the country in overcoming the crisis in the short and medium-term.

Project partners

The project “Supporting the social protection response to the impacts of COVID-19 – Tourism Sector in Sri Lanka” was developed in partnership with the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Tourism, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and Employers Federation of Ceylon, Trade Union of Sri Lanka Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya, Sri Lanka hotelier association, Regional tourism association, Sri Lanka tour guide association and other partners working on social protection for workers and Civil Society.

The project implementing partner is the Ministry of Labour with close collaboration of the ministries of Finance and Tourism and Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.


Ms. Simrin Singh, Director, ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and Maldives,

Ms. Sriyani Ekanayake, Programme Officer, ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and Maldives, 

Ms. Mariko Ouchi, Senior Technical Specialist on Social Protection, ILO Decent Work Technical
Support Team (DWT) – South Asia,