French envoy impressed by development
French ambassador at a training centre
French Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Christine Robichon
toured the North and East as well as areas in the South of the country
to oversee development projects being carried out.
She visited Matara, Vavuniya, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts
and met Government Agents, representatives of civil society and local
In Matara, she was received by the Ruhuna University Deputy Vice
Chancellor. She visited centers run by local NGOs providing support and
training to vulnerable groups, particularly children and young people.
She also attended the Annual General Meeting of the Alliance Francaise
in Matara and Galle.
During her three days in Vanni, the ambassador observed progress in
the development of the region and the improvement of infrastructure
After her visit to the garment factory opened by the Hirdaramani
group in Vavuniya, she said: "It is encouraging to see that a private
Sri Lankan company, exporting to France, is creating jobs and employing
women, in a region where many of them are breadwinners. I was impressed
to see how the Tamil and Sinhalese employees quickly developed a team
spirit despite the language barrier."
In Vavuniya, the ambassador visited the Family Tracing Unit supported
by UNICEF, which aims at reunifying missing children with their parents.
In Kilinochchi, she was briefed by representatives of UNHCR and other
UN agencies on their humanitarian activities.
In Pudukkudiyiruppu DS Division, she spoke with former IDPs who came
back to their land and others who have been relocated to the Kombavil
"The decision to launch the demining process in the coastal GN in
Maritimepattu is good news for these people," Robichon said.
In Mullaitivu, she met members of the Muslim community, who came back
to their land after 20 years and benefitted from small grants to start a