Australiaâ€™s Minister for International Development to visit Sri Lanka
ECONOMYNEXT – Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, will visit Sri Lanka this week and launch a program to create better jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities for women.
The 4-7 April visit will her first to Sri Lanka as Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said in a statement.
“Australia’s$80 million aid program over four years is entering a new phase,” it said.
“ It is focused on developing skills, creating market opportunities for small business, supporting economic reform and empowering women in the workforce and trade and economic opportunities.”
In Colombo, Fierravanti-Wells will launch a new $15 million program over four years called ‘Women in Work’ which will cooperate with Sri Lankan businesses to create extra and better jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities for women.
Fierravanti-Wells will meet some of the 1,000 Sri Lankans who have received scholarships to study in Australia as well as students who have benefited from Australia’s support for Sri Lanka’s education system.
She will also visit Northern Province to see the impact of the $250 million Australia has contributed toward reconciliation and reconstruction since the end of the conflict in 2009.
(COLOMBO, April 3, 2017)