Germany aid for technical training of southern Sri Lanka youth
ECONOMYNEXT – The German government will grant 11 million euro to build a German Technical Training Centre in Matara in Sri Lanka’s south, hotbed of two youth insurgencies where unemployment among youngsters is still high.
The Ministry of Finance said in a statement that the centre will provide training opportunities to youths in the southern part of Sri Lanka.
“This centre will also be equipped with facilities for the training of trainers and instructors needed for other technical colleges in the country.”
This project became a reality following a request made by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera when he was the minister of foreign affairs in 2015.
In 2016, another German training centre was set up in Kilinochchi to train youth from the north, centre of the Tamil Tiger separatist uprising.
The statement said the existing Ceylon-German Technical Training Institute was the first organization set up with German assistance in Sri Lanka.
“It is the foremost institute in Sri Lanka for the training of skilled technicians in the field of automobile engineering and allied trades.”
(COLOMBO, March 29, 2019-SB)
Jehan Perera - Executive Director National Peace Council