Sept 15, Colombo: South Korean Labor and Employment Minister Mr. Lee Jung-Sik assured his Sri Lankan counterpart Minister Manusha Nanayakkara Thursday (14) that necessary steps will be taken to open up new job fields for Sri Lankan workers in Korea and to increase the amount of Korean jobs provided.
At the invitation of the Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment, Mr. Manusha Nanayakkara, the Minister of Labor and Employment of the South Korean Government, Mr. Lee Jung-Sik, arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday morning for a two-day official visit, and the Minister of State for Foreign Employment Promotion, Mr. Jagath Pushpakumara, received the Korean minister at the airport.
The official meeting between the two ministers was held at the Ministry of Labor and Foreign Employment and there was a long discussion about taking necessary measures to get more job opportunities for Sri Lankan workers.
The Korean Minister assured that Korea’s EPS system will be reconsidered after 20 years and accordingly, Sri Lankan workers will be able to receive more job opportunities.
Minister Manusha Nanayakkara requested to open up new employment fields for Sri Lankan workers such as garment sector, nursing sector, and received a positive response from the Korean Minister of Labor and Employment.
It was discussed that a large number of workers are needed for jobs in the Korean ship construction industry, and more opportunities have been opened for trained Sri Lankan workers.
Minister Lee Jung-Sik had arranged to meet the Sri Lankan workers working in Korea and he appreciated the working conditions of the Sri Lankan workers.
Minister Lee Jung-Sik further assured to give full support to every step taken in the future to provide more job opportunities to Sri Lankan workers in Korea further strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries.
The Director General of the Korean Ministry of Labor and Employment, the Korean Ambassador to Sri Lanka and a group of representatives attended this event.