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Govt. aiming to provide 100,000 additional foreign jobs this year: State Minister

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Colombo, Jan. 30 (Daily Mirror)- Enhancing the access to foreign jobs and cater to a wider range of opportunities, the government was aiming to provide 100,000 additional foreign jobs for Sri Lankan citizens this year, State Minister of Social Empowerment Anupa Pasqual said today.

He said during a press briefing held at the Presidential Media Centre (PMC) on the theme 'Collective Path to a Stable Country' today that recognizing the potential of international opportunities, plans were afoot to send 10,000 individuals proficient in Japanese to secure jobs abroad.

This initiative leverages existing language skills to open doors to lucrative employment options in a new market.

"This ambitious target underscores the commitment to investing in skills development and training programmes, ensuring Sri Lanka's workforce is prepared for the demands of the global market," the State Minister explained.

"Empowering beneficiaries is our ultimate objective, and we're moving beyond simply providing financial assistance to achieve it. Our revamped system focuses on creating opportunities for foreign employment, with 10,000 Japanese Language Proficiency Test passers already placed abroad and a further 100,000 foreign jobs targeted.”

In addition to equipping beneficiaries with vital professional skills through targeted training programmes, we propose fostering the cultivation of high-value crops like tea, cinnamon, and pepper for export. This dual approach, combining skill development and export-oriented agriculture, promises a sustainable path towards economic empowerment," he added.


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  • Christo255 Wednesday, 31 January 2024 04:48 AM

    Utter stupidity. We don't have enough people to run businesses in SL, very soon we will have to import labour from overseas.

    What Are they Thinking Wednesday, 31 January 2024 05:56 AM

    What a joke! Should be create jobs in your own country so that people support each other

    wickrama wijayasiri Wednesday, 31 January 2024 06:38 AM

    What a pathetic shape we are in. Training people for foreign jobs and looking for work for them overseas as a national mandate to balance the budget?

    sss Wednesday, 31 January 2024 06:44 AM

    "government was aiming to provide 100,000 additional foreign jobs for Sri Lankan citizens this year". Wow what a government. In other courtiers the government develop the country and provide jobs. SL government send men and women abroad to face various dangers and collect the dollars they send. Worse, then the powerful steal it

    Concerned Wednesday, 31 January 2024 06:56 AM

    It is sad to see “securing foreign jobs” for our youth being touted as a great achievement by the Government. Can we not create job opportunities for them in our own country. Sending them overseas is not going to develop SL. The social cost of sending people overseas might outweigh the value of dollars that they send plus in the long term the country will loose it’s employable population.

    Sambo Wednesday, 31 January 2024 08:15 AM

    Sri Lanka is well known for being the biggest exporter of house maids to the Arab world.

    Sokrates Wednesday, 31 January 2024 08:16 AM

    If there were a sensible program for the economy and not the amateurish and incompetent fumbling of the Ranil regime, then enough well-paid jobs could be created in Sri Lanka so that no one would have to leave the country.

    Sunil Suraweera Wednesday, 31 January 2024 08:44 AM

    This statement can only come from an idiot in the Sr Lankan cabinet. SL govt does not "provide" foreign employment. Foreign nations or companies take advantage of the low cost of SL labour by hiring SL workers, this is driven by financial benefits to the foreign nations or companies. Let's as a nation stop believing that the modays in politics "provide" for the people of Lanka. It's the other way around.

    johan Wednesday, 31 January 2024 11:47 AM

    Foreign jobs are not given by you those are sought by the applicants according to their merits

    ANNECUNT Wednesday, 31 January 2024 01:28 PM

    Another corrupt RAJAPAKSA is comming to the parliment ,glad we are leaving the country

    Nadi Karunaratne Wednesday, 31 January 2024 03:56 PM

    Losing the young, dynamic and skilled makes domestic economic recovery less likely. It reduces potential opposition to the corrupt political elite so they encourage it. The social costs at home are enormous, disrupted and broken families and labour shortages. The politicians who have plundered and the rich who salt their wealth in London property and offshore bank accounts should feel only shame. They don't as they are incapable of blushing.

    Sumo Wednesday, 31 January 2024 04:13 PM

    Who is this joker?


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