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US offers free training through southern Sri Lanka business chamber

ECONOMYNEXT – The United States embassy in Sri Lanka said it will offer free training in a partnership with the Matara Chamber of Industry and Commerce to expand economic opportunity for people in the southern region.

A statement said the U.S. embassy signed an agreement with the Matara Chamber of Industry and Commerce to open a new American Corner in Matara. 

“The American Corner will offer free programs and training for the Southern Province’s residents.  Programs will include English classes, coding and computer skills, leadership and public speaking training, and a range of film screenings and cultural opportunities.”

Nancy VanHorn, the U.S. embassy’s acting Public Affairs Officer, said the American Corner represents the embassy’s commitment to building relationships with the people of the Southern Province.

“Our free programs will expand economic opportunity in the region and build ties between the United States and Sri Lanka,” she said.

The American Corner follows the March 2018 launch of the U.S. embassy’s Information Hub (‘iHub”), which has attracted audiences of different ages and diverse backgrounds. 

Current programs include public speaking and English.  The iHub will continue operating until the new American Corner is opened in the coming months, the embassy said.

(COLOMBO, 04 September, 2018)

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