Oct 12, Geneva: The Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Ambassador William Lacy Swing has expressed his appreciation for Sri Lanka's active role in the preparations for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration as well as the role in the Migration Health discussions during a meeting with Deputy Minister of Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara on 10th October at the IOM Headquarters in Geneva.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral cooperation between Sri Lanka and the IOM. In particular, the Deputy Minister spoke of the training and capacity building requirements of Sri Lanka.
Minister Nanayakkara briefed Ambassador Swing on the selection process underway for employees of the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau to be trained at the IOM under Internship programs.
Responding, IOM Director General highlighted the need for continued training of the consular staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and the Development Officers through a joint training program with the IOM. They also discussed about the successful implementation of a pilot project for electronic attestation of consular documents.
The meeting took place during Minister Nanayakkara's visit to Geneva representing Sri Lanka as the Chair of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) in connection with the Seventh Global Meeting of Chairs and Secretaries of Consultative Processes on Migration from 10 - 11th October.
Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha and Additional General Manager (International Affairs), Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau W.M.V. Wansekara, were associated with Minister Nanayakkara during the meeting.