More job opportunities for Lankans outside ME
The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) will train Lankan
males and females for lucrative jobs outside the Gulf Region from next
According to Bureau statistics, out of 1.7 million Sri Lankan migrant
workers, 80 percent are currently employed in the Middle East.
The Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Ministry recently signed
Memorandam of Understanding (MoU) with internationally recognised
companies in Italy, China, Australia, Seychelles, Mauritius, Azerbaijan
and Korea to send a large number of Sri Lankans abroad and more training
centres will be set up countrywide to train workers.
According to the SLBFE, some of the well-known international
companies that plan to employ Lankan workers are Huawei and ZTE in China
and Hyundai and Samsung in Korea.
Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera told
the Sunday Observer that under the proposed overseas job program, Lankan
nurses will be sent to Qatar, while teachers will get the opportunity to
work in Seychelles.
He said male and female caregivers will be sent to Italy and female
housemaids will get work permits in Cyprus.
The Minister said for the first time, trained Sri Lankan miners will
get the opportunity to work in Australia with attractive remuneration
Minister Perera said under this program, housemaids will be upgraded
to the post of House Aids to enable them to perform their duties with
He said Sri Lankan workers will get decent and productive employment
in these countries with attractive remuneration and they could work with
freedom, equality and most importantly, job security.