More employment opportunities for Sri Lankans in Seychelles
The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) on Friday
announced that Lankan workers will secure a large number of employment
opportunities in Seychelles during the next few months.
This is a result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the
Governments of Sri Lanka and Seychelles, signed at Temple Trees in the
presence of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and President of Seychelles
James Alix Michel during the latter's recent visit to Sri Lanka. Foreign
Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera signed the MoU on
behalf of Sri Lanka, while Seychelles Foreign Minister Jean Paul Adam
represented his country.
According to the MoU, Sri Lankan workers, in future, would find jobs
in the fields of tourism, travel, education, business and marketing in
Seychelles. Job seekers could forward their applications on a date
announced by the SLBFE through approved official employment agents.
Bureau statistics reveal that 179 Sri Lankan workers found employment
in Seychelles through SLBFE channels during 2011 and another batch of
105 workers have left for the island during the first six months of this
year. A large number of Sri Lankan school teachers, principals, nurses,
electricians, mechanics, tour guides and hotel staffers are currently
employed in Seychelles.
Minister Dilan Perera told the Sunday Observer that signing such an
MoU with the Government of Seychelles for the first time on behalf of
Sri Lankan migrant workers will open the gates for large numbers of Sri
Lankans to find jobs there in the coming years.
Seychelles is an island to the northeast of Madagascar and 1600 km
east of Kenya.