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The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) will offer short-term skills and social welfare training for prospective Sri Lankan migrant workers with the opening of its first Pre-Orientation Departure Centre at Airport Junction, Katunayake.

The centre will be registered as the first skills and social training institute, opened by the SLBFE for the benefit of Sri Lankan workers who leave the country for foreign employment.

Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera told the Sunday Observer that over 1.6 million Sri Lankans are employed overseas and, therefore, offering a last minute skills and welfare training program for workers is urgently need, especially for those who secure foreign jobs for the first time.

The Bureau will also provide a short-term comprehensive training program for prospective migrant workers on the language of each country, the social and religious background of the countries they propose to work and how to handle sophisticated equipment at their workplaces.

They will be trained by Bureau staffers and this facility will help improve their standard of the Sri Lankan workforce to reach international levels.

Minister Perera said that it was the Government’s responsibility to look into the welfare of migrant workers, considering their immense contribution to the country’s economy. SLBFE Chairman Amal Senalankadhikara said the centre consists of a conference hall and a hostel for those who arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport and also from remote areas in Sri Lanka.

Facilities will also be available for female migrant workers to have their make-up done at the centre before their departure.


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Programmes introduced to provide skills training for prospective migrant workers are being implemented successfully under the Mahinda Chinthana concept, Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera said.

He said the training programmes are a boon for locals migrating for employment.

The minister was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Pre - Orientation Departure Centre at Airport Junction, Katunayake.

Perera said Sri Lanka's migrant workers contribute much for the country's economy. “It is the government's duty and responsibility to look into migrant workers' welfare. The Pre - Orientation Departure Centre was set up to help migrant workers face new challenges in the foreign employment market,” he said.

The minister said this facility will help uplift the Sri Lankan work force to reach international standards.
Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment chairman Amal Senalankadhikara said this new facility will help identify international job market demands and adapt to the changes.

“This programme will also help develop women migrant workers' personality,” he said. Senalankadhikara said certain countries recruiting foreign labour are reluctant to abide by international labour laws.

The SLBFE is pressing for these laws to be activated through the International Labour Organisation and International Migration Organisation, he said.

The Centre consists of conference halls and hostels. Facilities are available for women migrant workers to have make- up done at the Centre (15 persons at a time). Facilities will be available 24 hours before departure.

A make-up is done on a woman bound abroad for employment. Looking one are Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera and Foreign Employment Bureau chairman Amal Senalankadhikara.


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The United People's Freedom Alliance's (UPFA)victory at the Provincial Council election in the North Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Province goes to prove that people have rejected extremist politics that fan the flames of communalism, Foreign Employment and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera yesterday said.

He said the UPFA has won the three provinces in the background of extremist political campaigns that had been set forth by political parties, Tamil National Alliance and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress on communal lines.

“It is a stunning victory for the UPFA.

‘The opposition United National Party(UNP) and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have faced the phenomena of declining votes,” he said.

“The people have endorsed the policies of the government. They have demonstrated their confidence and faith in President Mahinda Rajapakaksa at this election, “he pointed out. “The UPFA has achieved tremendous success as a political party with its election victory. It has confirmed the emerging pattern of public acceptance and popularity of the party in the Eastern, North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces, “ he maintained.

‘Now that the election is over and they will have to serve those who voted for the party's victory as well. There can be no discrimination, “ Minister Perera said.

“The councilors are expected to work with members of all political parties, the UNP, the JVP and the TNA, to achieve the development goals in these areas. They must work to serve the public, which will be their task,” he added.