Sri Lanka

Supporting the social protection response to the impact of COVID-19 – Tourism Sector in Sri Lanka project aims at supporting the Government of Sri Lanka to design and implement social protection responses to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the workers of the tourism sector in the country. It helps to provide mechanisms to extend social protection coverage and adequate benefits to both formal and informal workers using a combination of contributory and non-contributory schemes, following the international social security standards and principles. The expected outcome of the project is to assist the country to overcome the crisis in the short and medium term.

Project partners

The project 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 the close collaboration of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of tourism and Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.

Key achievements of 2020

The analysis of responses to support workers and their families in Sri Lanka in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic was conducted. The document outlines social protection approaches to support workers and their families to manage the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in the short and medium terms. The note aims to present a set of potential options for consideration. Further, it has identified the most vulnerable groups and sectors affected by the pandemic and also looked at the implications of the socio-economic shocks stemming from the crisis and provided recommendations for addressing its consequences in terms of policy options for decision-makers as well as practical actions by government and development partners. This has been submitted as a policy brief to the Ministry of Labour.

Key consultation with the stakeholders was conducted to map out and design the project needs. The consultation included the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Tourism, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), Sri Lanka Tourism Association, Social Security Board (SSD), trade unions and Employers Federation of Ceylon (EFC). The consultation helped to identify the existing gaps in the social protection system and lack of employment protection scheme, and the prioritizing of the tourism sector which has been hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

Highlights of 2021

  • Key consultation meeting with Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and Tourism Association stakeholders (May 2021)
  • Inter-ministerial stakeholder consultation session (May 2021)

Project resources

Events

Contacts

Ms. Simrin Singh, Director, ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and Maldives, singhs@ilo.org

Ms. Sriyani Ekanayake, Programme Officer, ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and Maldives, mudiyanselage@ilo.org

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