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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has "suspended" a plan to train people in Sri Lanka in outsourcing skills, and says it will review whether this training impacts U.S. jobs, says a lawmaker who opposed the program.

US Republican Tim Bishop (D-NY) said USAID's plan to provide about 3,000 Sri Lankans training in information technology, business process outsourcing and call center support was, in effect, "teaching foreign workers how to better take jobs from American workers." 
The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka announced this summer its plan to fund a program "to help fill workforce gaps in BPO and IT" in that country.

It said it was "teaming with leading BPO IT/English language training companies to establish professional IT and English skills development training centers in each of the five districts in the Northern Province."

The initial announcement said the agency would be training people in enterprise Java, but USAID said that was inadvertent. The agency said "the majority of prospective trainees lacked even basic experience with computers."

The U.S. is trying to stabilize with economic development a Sri Lankan region that has suffered under a nearly three decade long civil war. The war was settled last year. The U.S. is contributing about $10 million in training funds; private sector companies are also contributing money.

Bishop announced the program's suspension in a statement released on Thursday. USAID officials were not immediately available for comment, but Bishop's spokesman released a copy of the decision on the program.

USAID told Bishop that it "has suspended a job skills development project in Sri Lanka while we conduct a review to ensure the project will not take any jobs away from Americans."

"The project was already determined to comply with policy guidelines meant to ensure USAID's projects do not adversely affect US jobs, but we are revising these guidelines -- written in 2003 during the Bush Administration -- to ensure they are applicable to today's increasingly globalized economy," the agency said.

The agency also said that it "takes seriously our responsibility for the sound investment of taxpayer dollars and this review will help USAID continue the important work of helping create and support sustainable futures for the world's poorest people, while at the same time protecting American jobs."

Bishop said, "I am glad that USAID has finally seen the light. We need to be looking out for American jobs and American taxpayers and that means not one nickel of taxpayer money should support job-killing outsourcing."

If USAID's guidelines allow for outsourcing training, "then I think it's safe to say that these guidelines need a major revision," he said.

Bishop also said that, "if necessary," he is preparing bipartisan legislation to bar use of foreign aid for outsourcing training programs. (Computer World)
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  • Podi Guru Friday, 10 September 2010 07:22 AM

    I don't know whether this is a good decision or not. Note that the programme is suspended, not cancelled, pending a review. This is a good example of American democracy at work. The USA has not so much "stolen" local talent as the local talent has chosen to leave for greener pastures, so to speak.

    willows Friday, 10 September 2010 07:26 AM

    Shame on you USA/usaid

    Faqi Friday, 10 September 2010 07:39 AM

    P.H.MENDIS - In a free society anyone who wants to leave to better their prospects is welcome to it. The US does not invite or force any Sri Lankan to come to the US. Even the US visa lottery the qualification required is grade 12, which is equivalent to our 'O'Levels. The US has not 'stolen' any doctor or engineer, Have you any proof of this? Every country has to see that their citizens are employed first. So what they say is correct. Why should existing jobs be outsourced. Be happy that the US buys many of the garments & other products manufactured in S/L and they have given more aid and training programs to S/L than most other countries.

    korala Friday, 10 September 2010 07:46 AM

    training only in north and east. idea behind is differtnt.it is not easy for them develope that idea thats why they give up.
    ditta dhama weedaniya kmma, (big fire in california)

    Jix Friday, 10 September 2010 07:51 AM

    It is only fair for an American politician to put their best interests forward. However, the way republicans have been blatantly apposing EVERYTHING and ANYTHING proposed by the Obama administration and unnecessarily vilifying him as a communist etc., I doubt they know what really is in the best interest of their country or act that way!

    Tm Abay Friday, 10 September 2010 08:10 AM

    They don't steal. Even our patriots go their on purpose

    TGS Friday, 10 September 2010 08:41 AM

    All the nations around the world always think about their own citizens and not about others. U.S does not take your skilled people. But, your skilled people go to U.S in an attempt to get a better life than Sri Lanka. So, its Sri Lanka's responsiblity to provide sufficient infrastructure so there won't be any brain drain.

    rajitha Friday, 10 September 2010 09:00 AM

    yeah for the americans

    P.H.MENDIS Friday, 10 September 2010 05:12 AM

    SRI LANKAN .
    ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF AMERICAN DOUBLE TALK. IT IS OK FOR THEM TO STEAL OUR SKILLED TECHNICAL PERSONNEL LIKE DOCTORS, ENGINEER, AND EVEN IT SPECIALISTS (BRAIN DRAIN) BUT IT IS WRONG TO GIVE THEM WORK IN THEIR MOTHER COUNTRY. IS USAID REALLY TRYING TO HELP US OR THE US??

    Podi Guru Friday, 10 September 2010 10:07 AM

    in fact, some of the top people in this country have Green Cards.

    pwc Friday, 10 September 2010 05:46 AM

    They have double stand always, specially against SL.

    Hussein Friday, 10 September 2010 10:22 AM

    USA, Stop interfering in Sri Lanka affairs. We are a great nation with a very old barbarian civilization. We dont want USA aid money or Indian aid money.. We are a self-reliant proud nation. We defeated LTTE and nobody in the world has won a war yet. We are the greatest nation and the most friendly nation. We smile at all foreigners when they come to show our hospitality. We dont want USA jobs. We will go to China and China will give us job. We are Sri Lankans. Every country wants Sri Lanka immigrants because Sri Lankan people look good and are very friendly. East or West.. Sri Lanka is the best.

    warusha Friday, 10 September 2010 06:24 AM

    it is good decision,

    Lanke Banda Friday, 10 September 2010 10:57 AM

    Something done half heartedly even done will never be sincere. America stuff it. Reason why Lankans should realize the value of Chinese.

    JOHN Friday, 10 September 2010 06:35 AM

    Other countries do not "steal" our professionals, they leave SL on their own freewill to improve their lot, although many qualify in SL at the tax payers' expense!


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