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Australia sponsors skills for inclusive growth program in Ampara

The Annual Ampara District Program Conference to assess progress, share experiences and challenges faced on Skills for inclusive Growth (S4IG) program sponsored by the Australian Government in collaboration with the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training, was held at the Ampara Monty Hotel Auditorium, recently.

The S4IG Program aimed at engaging in dialog with stake holders involved in the S4IG program to share experiences, reflect on lessons learnt and plans for future intervention.

The objective of the program was to take a broader look at what had been achieved up-to-date in the District and also discuss the S4IG’s vision for a systematic change and also to identify the future actions that stake holders could collaborate to work towards the development of tourism.

The conference held under the patronage of Ampara District Additional Government Agent V. Jegatheesan, was attended by Australian Aids International Program Manager Farheen Khrun, S4IG’s Team Leader David Afled, Ampara Hardy Institute’s Director S.Thiyagarajah, District Manager U. L. Samsudeen and other stake holders.

The participants who attended the Conference, assessed as to how far the promotion of Inclusive Growth in the district encouraged by transforming the ongoing development efforts to create a sustainable, dynamic, entrepreneurial and innovative culture, responsive to future business opportunities. Those who were present had also engaged in dialog with stake holders involved in S4IG program to share experiences, reflect on lessons learnet and to plan for future innervation.

In Ampara, it was announced that managers and proprietors numbering 32, were employed in 12 tourist hotels and a notable feature is that the successful completion of training of Surf Instructors and forming of a Surf Club in Arugambay was supposed to be the first in Sri Lanka. The outcome of the other projects implemented here too were detailed.

Skills for Growth (S4IG) is an initiative of the Australian Government, in collaboration with the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training in Sri Lanka. S4IG would improve the skills of women and men and persons with disabilities in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry in

Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee (Eastern Province) and Polonnaruwa (North Central Province).

 


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