Many employment opportunities for skilled Sri Lankan workers in Saudi Arabia – envoy

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Many employment opportunities for skilled Sri Lankan workers in Saudi Arabia – envoy


Sun, Sep 18, 2022, 12:21 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 18, Colombo: Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has urged the new Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to assist Sri Lanka’s efforts to face the economic and fuel crisis.

Ambassador Khalid bin Hamoud Nasser Aldasam Alkahtani, who presented his credentials recently, called on the Prime Minister on Friday (Sept 16), Prime Minister’s Office said.

During the Meeting, the Saudi Ambassador has stated that his main task would be to increase job opportunities in his country for skilled Sri Lankan workers.

The Ambassador has said that within a short period of time, the number of Sri Lankan skilled and semi-skilled workforce in Saudi Arabia could be increased to 400,000 from the present 180,000.

“I am fond of Sri Lanka and I will do my best to support your country,” he has assured.

The Prime Minister said the newly introduced relaxed visa regulations and investment facilitation schemes of Board of Investment will help to attract more Saudi investors to Sri Lanka. He pointed out that Saudi Arabia has the opportunities to invest in energy, fisheries and agricultural sectors in Sri Lanka.

The Premier thanked for the support and assistance provided to Sri Lanka under renewed assistance programs of the Saudi Development Fund as well as to help early recovery from current economic problems.

They also discussed the plans for tourism promotion and recommencing of Saudi Airlines’ flights to Sri Lanka.

Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake and Naqeeb Mowlana of Saudi Sri Lanka Friendship Association were also present during the meeting.

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