Migrant work force playing vital role

Updated 04 February 2014
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Migrant work force playing vital role

Today we are celebrating the 66th anniversary of independence of our country with vigor and glory, and I am proud to convey my warmest greetings to the Sri Lankan expatriate community who are residing, staying and working in the western region of Saudi Arabia.
Independence is enjoying freedom of life, speech and faith and being economically free.
All countries gain their independence for this purpose. Thus, we celebrate independence every year, in order to remember our war heroes who sacrificed their lives in the struggle to gain our freedom and to be reminded that we are enjoying the freedom obtained.
With the renewed freedom, our country is forging ahead with development schemes, creating great opportunities for investment sector.
The Sri Lankan migrant community can play a pivotal role in the development of Sri Lanka’s infrastructure and economy.
Sri Lanka has gradually increased the amount of visiting tourists during the past years, especially those from Saudi Arabia.
As we all know, our motherland is known as the pearl of Indian Ocean and the paradise island on the earth — an island with extra ordinary beauty, valuable culture and proud history.
Hence I take this opportunity to urge the Sri Lankan community in the western region to continue their efforts in promoting this beautiful image of our country to the Arab world and to contribute to the nation in promoting our tourism and attracting foreign investments from this region.
The migrant workers, who already contribute to national development with foreign exchange from foreign employment, have become the number one foreign exchange earners for the country during the past years.
The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Jeddah provides consular and welfare services to the Sri Lankan community in this region and also conducts visits to all major cities in the region on a regular basis for this purpose.
At this juncture, I wish to recall the slogan declared by the government of Sri Lanka last year “Let us make the expectations of general public ensuring an excellent public service delivery” and continued for this year.
I kindly invite my fellow Sri Lankans to join hands, bury our differences, be united as Sri Lankans and strive fourth to ensure excellent public service delivery.
I would also like to mention the huge goal achieved by this Consulate General during the six-month general amnesty period announced by the government of Saudi Arabia last year.
Our consulate general, with the dedication and hard work of the consulate staff and excellent cooperation from the state authorities, was able to repatriate 13,000 Sri Lankans who had violated visa laws. This earned us appreciation from both the Government of Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia.
I wish to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and the government of Saudi Arabia for the excellent bilateral relationship existing between our countries at all levels.
I also wish to thank the Sri Lankan expatriate community and the Sri Lankan International School for their invaluable support to the consulate general’s activities.
Let us all celebrate this day proudly and value our nation by staying united contributing to the economy and development of our motherland in every possible way.

Dr. A. Uthumalebbe
Consul General,
Consulate General of
Sri Lanka,
Jeddah

As we all know, our motherland is known as the pearl of Indian Ocean and the paradise island on the earth — an island with extra ordinary beauty, valuable culture and proud history.
Hence I take this opportunity to urge the Sri Lankan community in the western region to continue their efforts in promoting this beautiful image of our country to the Arab world and to contribute to the nation in promoting our tourism and attracting foreign investments from this region.
The migrant workers, who already contribute to national development with foreign exchange from foreign employment, have become the number one foreign exchange earners for the country during the past years.
The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Jeddah provides consular and welfare services to the Sri Lankan community in this region and also conducts visits to all major cities in the region on a regular basis for this purpose.
At this juncture, I wish to recall the slogan declared by the government of Sri Lanka last year “Let us make the expectations of general public ensuring an excellent public service delivery” and continued for this year.
I kindly invite my fellow Sri Lankans to join hands, bury our differences, be united as Sri Lankans and strive fourth to ensure excellent public service delivery.
I would also like to mention the huge goal achieved by this Consulate General during the six-month general amnesty period announced by the government of Saudi Arabia last year.
Our consulate general, with the dedication and hard work of the consulate staff and excellent cooperation from the state authorities, was able to repatriate 13,000 Sri Lankans who had violated visa laws. This earned us appreciation from both the Government of Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia.
I wish to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and the government of Saudi Arabia for the excellent bilateral relationship existing between our countries at all levels.
I also wish to thank the Sri Lankan expatriate community and the Sri Lankan International School for their invaluable support to the consulate general’s activities.
Let us all celebrate this day proudly and value our nation by staying united contributing to the economy and development of our motherland in every possible way.

Dr. A. Uthumalebbe
Consul General,
Consulate General of Sri Lanka,
Jeddah,
Saudi Arabia


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

Updated 22 March 2019
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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.