New Zealand to support Sri Lanka in developing emigration resources

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New Zealand to support Sri Lanka in developing emigration resources


Fri, Oct 1, 2021, 11:52 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 01, Colombo: The first New Zealand High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Michael Appleton and Deputy High Commissioner Andrew Traveler met with the State Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Market Diversification Piyankara Jayaratne at the Ministry Office in Narahenpita recently.

The High Commission of New Zealand was established in Sri Lanka on August 10 this year and the meeting with the First resident New Zealand High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Michael Appleton took place at the invitation of State Minister Piyankara Jayaratne.

The International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in New Zealand has already agreed to provide full financial support to fully upgrade a selected Migration Resource Center of the Bureau of Foreign Employment.

According to the agreement, all the pre-arrangements have already been made and the State Minister Jayaratne thanked the High Commissioner and the Government of New Zealand on behalf of Sri Lanka for their decision to make such a valuable contribution to Sri Lanka for the betterment of the foreign employment sector.

Until now, Sri Lankans had to contact the New Zealand High Commission in India to obtain the services and Minister expressed his special gratitude to the High Commissioner for making it easier for Sri Lankans to access such services with the establishment of the New Zealand High Commission in Sri Lanka.

The Minister requested the High Commissioner to provide employment opportunities to Sri Lankan youth in New Zealand.

The High Commissioner agreed to specially consider providing employment opportunities to Sri Lankan youth in the fields of agriculture and livestock in his country and to work as trainees so that they can obtain the pre-requisite training required for professional employment after the current epidemic subsided and the state of New Zealand returned to normal.

A number of special issues were also discussed to enhance cooperation between the two countries after the establishment of the new mission in Sri Lanka.

Secretary to the Ministry Sundaram Arumainayagam, Additional Secretary Pradeep Haputhanthri, Additional Secretary Yamuna Perera, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, General Manager DDP Senanayake, Hemantha Wijeratne, Deputy General Manager, External Relations Division, Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment participated.

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