Accelerate the digitalization of foreign employment to streamline the work of foreign employment agents – Sri Lankan Foreign Employment Agents based in the Emirates, requests Minister Manusha Nanayakkara

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – The Organization representing Sri Lankan Foreign Employment Agents based in the Emirates requested the Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara to speed up the digitalization process of the foreign employment sector in order to streamline and accelerate the services and activities of foreign employment agencies that provide employment opportunities to Sri Lankan workers in foreign countries.

The request was made by Sampath Kumarasinghe, Co-Chairman of the Organization of Sri Lankan Foreign Employment Agents in the Emirates, when he met the minister during his recent official visit to the United Arab Emirates.

Sampath Kumarasinghe, stressing the need to digitalize the field of foreign employment, at the earliest said, “We, the representatives who are looking forward to provide more foreign employment opportunities to Sri Lankan workers, would like to draw your attention to the more regularization of work orders. Currently, there are many problems in approving and sending a work order to Sri Lanka and we have to come directly to the embassy to give work orders. Even those who are hundreds of thousands of kilometers away from the embassy have to visit the embassy, and have to do so on several occasions; it is a waste of our time and money”.

“At the same time, work and reputation of employment agencies are affected at times due to various types of deceitful activities of a few people who are recruited and sent to foreign countries for employment”.

“Your comments to the media that the whole process from giving a job order to bringing a worker to a foreign country will be digitalized to streamline and enhance the work has garnered our attention. We appreciate the effort, because it is the need of the hour”.

“If it is possible to completely digitalize the activities in this field, then it will be possible to prevent the irregularities reported in the field of foreign employment and thus it will be possible to run this field with more professionalism. Also, we believe that we will be able to better ensure the safety of workers”.

Responding to the request, Minister Manusha Nanayakkara assured that steps will be taken to speed up the digitalization of the foreign employment sector.







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