Foreign employment nets Rs. 2.3 b revenue
REVENUE: â€śOur records indicate that we make US $ 2.3 billion
of unyielding revenue to the countryâ€™s foreign exchange income per year.
Sri Lankan Government does not spend a cent to append this return to its
balance of payment,â€ť President, Association of Licensed Foreign
Employment Agencies (ALFEA), U. T. M. Anver said.
â€śForeign exchange revenue earned by foreign employment is 100 per
cent solid revenue to our country. Sri Lanka should target the total
demand of the global foreign employment market for our country, which is
very advantageous to improve the countryâ€™s balance of payments, he said.
â€śEvery year around 250,000 workers are sent abroad on foreign
employment from Sri Lanka. Of these
MIGRANT WORKERS: A mainstay
employees, Association of Licensed Foreign Employment Agencies
sends 95 per cent.
The workers sent on foreign employment by Sri Lanka is just 10 per
cent of the total number of workers, demanded by the global foreign
employment market, Anver said.
â€śGlobal foreign employment market is very broad and wide and also
very demanding. Sri Lanka has enough opportunities to market its skilled
workers with existing perks.
â€śThe total number of workers we send abroad is just 10 per cent of
the total demand made by the global foreign employment market. The
balance 90 per cent is untouched so far. Since unemployment is a
headache to the Government, why donâ€™t we take some valuable steps, on
generating good labour to the existing demand of the foreign employment
market? the President, ALFEA asked.
â€śThe main reason, why we cannot utilise the remaining 90 per cent of
the global labour market is that the countryâ€™s available labour is less
on demand. We should improve the labour skills and English literacy
rates of the workers in Sri Lanka,â€ť he said.
He also said that our universities and vocational training centres
can include a foreign employment skills section at each level of the
curriculum. The foreign employment skills development professionals
This will strengthen the countryâ€™s total labour standards. Various
countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Pakistan have followed this method
of learning and they market their labour at a fair price.
Anver also said that womenâ€™s labour is a high demand segment in this
market, though there are enough social crises. This should be handled by
the sector in a wise way. The illegal agencies should be raided by the
government to keep the countryâ€™s standards steady in the global foreign