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International Migrants’ Day – 27.04.2012

The second session of the International Migrants’ Day was held on 27.04.2012 at the Embassy premises with the participation of the Sri Lankan community members from various sectors such as bankers, company representatives, employees of Health sector, and construction industry.


H.E. the Ambassador addressed the gathering and explained the objectives of the workers day.   The Ambassador also briefed the importance of bringing down more skilled and professional categories  from Sri Lanka as the demand for domestic workers is dwindling in Oman. In view of that, the Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion & Welfare of Sri Lanka is looking forward to sign a MoU on the field of Manpower with the Sultanate of Oman.


Counsellor (Labour) of the Mission stated that there are many employment agencies operating illegally in Sri Lanka and many citizens are unaware of it.  There are number of reliable foreign employment agencies registered under the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment and if the participants inform the Embassy of the vacancies available in their establishments, the recruitment can be facilitated through the Embassy with the minimum cost.


The main objective of this gathering was to provide necessary information to the migrant workers on matters of common concern in this field.


Bank of Ceylon, Hatton National Bank, and Sampath Bank representatives also participated and briefed the gathering about the benefits available for respective account holders. Dr. Geethani Wickremasinghe made a presentation regarding the communicable diseases particularly Hepatitis A’ and B’. 


The participants were given the opportunity to raise questions, make proposals or any other criticism.


The first meeting, which was held in the month of February was successful and it was decided to hold meetings on regular basis.