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Govt. To Focus On Exporting Skilled Labor

May 16, 2011 12:01:25 PM - thesundayleader.lk

The international media has reported that the Sri Lankan government has decided to export a skilled labor force to the Middle Eastern countries in future.

The Gulf Today has reported that the number of Sri Lankan housemaids working in the UAE and other Gulf countries will gradually decrease with Sri Lanka’s decision to focus more on exporting skilled labour force.
The report states that even as Sri Lanka is unofficially discouraging it citizens to take up housemaid jobs abroad, the Sri Lanka authorities are currently chalking out plans to implement this policy officially.
Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera has said the authorities are unofficially discouraging the citizens to take up housemaid jobs abroad, as the country gradually trains the people for more skilled and dignified professional opportunities.
“The title and job description of the domestic workers also have to be upgraded from ‘housemaid’ to ‘housekeeper’ in accordance with training them scientifically. There’s also a long-term term plan for demanding compulsory minimum wage system for the migrant Lankan workforce abroad,” the minister has said.
“An innovative mechanism is currently being developed in Sri Lanka to implement job-specific, country-specific and company-specific training programmes for the citizens, who seek foreign opportunities,” Perera has said.