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Post by AjithR on Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:12 pm

The Sri Lankan government will look to streamline the regulatory process which has so far handicapped the ability of local companies to hire foreign labour by providing greater powers to the Immigration and Emigration Controller, according to Finance State Minister Eran Wickramaratne.

“Two weeks ago, I had a discussion with the Controller of Immigration and Emigration, and I told him that he will be soon getting the power to make that decision. Yesterday, I followed it up, and it might require Cabinet approval,” Wickramaratne told a forum in Colombo, yesterday.

He said that in the past, requests companies made to the Immigration and Emigration Department had to be forwarded to the relevant line ministries, which would take several months to decide whether to allow or deny the request, by which time, firms may have lost the opportunity which required foreign expertise.

“The position that came from the industry was very simple. Annually they will decide the skill sets they need, and give him (the Immigration and Emigration Controller) the list, and let him make a decision on the spot. Then review the list from time to time depending on the needs of the economy,” Wickramaratne told the Economic Freedom Summit organized by the free-market think
tank, Advocata.

The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), in its recently released ‘State of the Economy 2017’, recommends the establishment of a competent macro-level authority which could capture foreign credential evaluation beyond individual professional bodies impartially.

This appears to be similar to the process set up in several advanced countries such as Australia and
New Zealand.

The IPS noted that this would allow Sri Lankan employers to evaluate from a pool of equally qualified talent from both local and foreign labour markets.

Previous attempts to liberalize Sri Lankan labour markets by loosening regulations for foreign labour, or enabling the movement of natural persons through trade agreements, have been successfully defeated by some professional bodies and fraternities, such as doctors. “If your industries think they want lawyers (and) doctors, go get them, even from overseas. The question is not a question for government. It’s coming from the professions itself. The professions sometimes for good reason, and sometimes only for protectionism, are basically safeguarding their positions,” Wickramaratne said.

While noting that the government will not lay down policies which will create such vacuums in labour markets, he said the government accepts the arguments of some professionals on the need to maintain both global and local standards when accepting labour from the global markets.

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Chief Economist Anushka Wijesingha noted that the professional associations, which had opposed opening markets under Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India by saying that they need to get the house in order locally, are making the same argument 10 years later against the Economic and Technology Corporative
Agreement (ETCA).

“So between then and last year, what were these professional associations doing?” he questioned. Former Central Bank Deputy Governor W. A. Wijewardena earlier this week said that approximately 8,000-10,000 visas are provided by the Immigration and Emigration Department for migrant
workers, annually.

Meanwhile, there are currently around 200,000 illegal foreign workers in Sri Lanka, working mainly in lower-level positions in the construction and agriculture sectors by taking advantage of the informal structure of the Sri Lankan economy. These two sectors, along with tourism, ship building, apparel and plantation sectors have been requesting from the government the addition of foreign labour to fill gaps in the market. (Chandeepa Wettasinghe)
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Good suggestion and we badly needed fresh talents in health and education sectors.
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Post by Ethical Trader on Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:10 pm

Good decision. I know some industries cant run now owing to shortage of labour.
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Post by guruji on Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:54 pm

Good decision? Indians will flood n our youth will have no jobs and they r not guided this is all mismanagement, and foolish

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Post by Ethical Trader on Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:39 pm

I know there are huge numbers of vacancies in private sector industrial ventures but our youth is not interested in them. As a result, they are unable to meet deadlines for exports.?Whats the remedy. ?Close down the industries.
guruji wrote:Good decision? Indians will flood n our youth will have no jobs and they r not guided this is all mismanagement, and foolish


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Post by කිත්සිරි ද සිල්වා on Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:14 pm

Let's hear from the EXPERT now Surprised

Ethical Trader wrote:I know there are of vacancies in private sector industrial ventures but our youth is not interested in them. As a result, they are unable to meet deadlines for exports.?Whats the remedy. ?Close down the industries.
guruji wrote:Good decision? Indians will flood n our youth will have no jobs and they r not guided this is all mismanagement, and foolish
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Post by guruji on Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:25 pm

Yes but hats where we went wrong our education system does not make ppl n thats why we have foreigners,thives like litro chairman this country is moving to hell, in future this nation will not be there with these foolish politicians n policies

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Post by sashimaal on Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:46 am

Good decision.

There are around 400,000 unfulfilled jobs - mainly in Agriculture, construction, apparel, manufacturing areas. "Sri-lankan born" people doesn't want to do these jobs...yet the outspoken Nationalists does not allow NON Sri Lankan borns to do those jobs either.

Inability to compete or being scared of competition has taken our Country to the dumps with various types of protectionism and "rent seeking" by businesses. And has only made cunning politicians and some incapable businesses make big money.
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Post by කිත්සිරි ද සිල්වා on Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:30 am

Youth are not willing to work in those sectors that you have mentioned is worrisome enough and in health and education sectors too, are in need of an infusion of fresh talents badly.
The nationalists, unionist and people with Islanders mentality do not see the benefits.
sashimaal wrote:Good decision.

There are around 400,000 unfulfilled jobs - mainly in Agriculture, construction, apparel, manufacturing areas. "Sri-lankan born" people don't want to do these jobs...yet the outspoken Nationalists does not allow NON-Sri Lankan borns to do those jobs either.

Inability to compete or being scared of competition has taken our Country to the dumps with various types of protectionism and "rent seeking" by businesses. And has only made cunning politicians and some incapable businesses make big money.
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