Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has said that the Asian Zone from South Africa to Indonesia which is fast developing will receive a prominent place in the foreign employment field and that Sri Lanka could possibly become a significant centre in it. The Prime Minister mentioned that Sri Lanka has proved to the world how it treat foreign workers following the allocation of an extent of seven perches to the estate labourers who are of Indian origin.
The Prime Minister was addressing the 4th Ministerial consultation of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue today as Chief Guest. The meeting held in Colombo is being attended by Ministers in charge of foreign employment of 18 countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia and many senior officials.
Further expressing his views on the occasion, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that migrant employment has contributed immensely to the country’s revenue. He said the country is looking into all aspects when deploying Sri Lankans for employment overseas in order to make smooth transitions with the receiving countries. Premier Wickremesinghe highlighted the role of Asia in the migrant industry.
Minister of Foreign Employment Thalatha Athukorala was appointed the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue for a period of two years. Expressing views, Minister Thalatha Athukorala said that according to United Nations statistics the growth of migrant workers is fast exceeding the world population growth.
Deputy Minister Manusha Nanayakkara and a group joined in this occasion.