Lanka to participate in Jordan meeting
A regional consultative meeting with the participation of the Heads
of Sri Lanka diplomatic missions and diplomatic officers attached to the
labour sections of the missions in the labour receiving countries will
be held in Amman, Jordan from tomorrow to May 15.
The meeting is organised jointly by the Foreign Employment Promotion
and Welfare Ministry and the External Affairs Ministry with the
technical and financial support provided by the International Labour
Organisation (ILO) and Swiss Agency for Development Corporation (SDC).
The three day meeting is convened under the guidance of Foreign
Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera. It is aimed at
enhancing avenues of welfare and protection of Sri Lankan migrant
workers employed in the region; a workforce that is estimated to be more
than 1.5 million.
The meeting is also aimed at identifying and remedying gaps and
deficiencies in the effective and efficient delivery of services by Sri
Lankan diplomatic missions in labour receiving countries in addressing
migrant worker grievances.
The regional consultation is expected to produce operational
guidelines for addressing migrant worker issues in labour receiving
The meeting will also provide an opportunity to raise awareness of
international commitments and legal frameworks, the nature and future of
labour migration, and to address other issues faced by Diplomatic
Missions with regard to migrant workers.
The meeting will provide a platform to discuss priority issues on
labour migration faced by the government and Sri Lanka's diplomatic
missions including the effectiveness of bilateral agreements and
Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) entered with Middle Eastern countries,
standard employment contracts and future labour migration flows.
Heads of Sri Lankan diplomatic missions and officials of the Labour
sections of the missions in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman,
Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Kuwait, Bahrain, Cyprus, Singapore and
Malaysia will participate at the meeting.
Minister Perera, will lead the delegation from Sri Lanka, along with
Secretaries of Ministries of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare,
External Affairs and Labour.
Several ILO experts are also scheduled to make presentations at this
forum on special topics including present labour market trends in the
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, international legal framework
on the protection of migrant workers, effectiveness of bilateral MoUs
and agreements on migrant worker welfare, and international instruments
in safeguarding migrant workers. The ILO Country Director for Sri Lanka
and the Maldives will make an address on protection of migrant workers.