Sri Lanka keen on sending skilled workers: Envoy

Updated 18 November 2015
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Sri Lanka keen on sending skilled workers: Envoy

RIYADH: Sri Lanka is in the process of increasing the share of skilled and professional workers among its citizens seeking employment in Saudi Arabia, new Sri Lankan Ambassador Azmi Thassim, who arrived here last week, told Arab News on Tuesday.
Sri Lankan professionals such as doctors, engineers, lawyers, accountants and ICT experts have found lucrative positions in the far east, western countries and some Gulf states including the UAE and Qatar, he pointed out.
He said Sri Lankan leaders appreciate the support provided by the Saudi government to its economic development and migrant workers.
“We have a high literacy rate and therefore the youth are in position to learn employment skills and easily adapt themselves to the work environment,” he said.
The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment headed by Minister of Foreign Employment Thalatha Atukorale is dedicated to serve the island’s overseas workers who bring in large sums of foreign exchange to the national coffers.
Thassim succeeds former envoy Mohamed Hussein Mohamed who left the Kingdom in August on completion of his diplomatic tenure.
The envoy, accompanied by his wife, Sithi Dane Arfa, arrived at the VIP lounge of King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh where he was accorded a red-carpet welcome by well wishers and his embassy staff.
Officials from the Foreign Ministry were also present at the reception held at the lounge following his arrival.
Thassim said he intends to boost Lankan tourism. “We see a remarkable increase in Arab tourists coming to the island, particularly from Saudi Arabia,” he said, adding that Sri Lanka is an island that could offer the best to Saudi tourists for family holiday, children’s entertainment and for honeymooning.
“There are several areas where Saudi businessmen could invest in viable sectors,” he said, adding that these new sectors will be unfolded to Saudi entrepreneurs during his tenure in office.


Prince Sultan appoints Majed Al-Sheddi as assistant president of SCTH

Updated 25 September 2018
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Prince Sultan appoints Majed Al-Sheddi as assistant president of SCTH

  • Al-Sheddi thanked the prince for the appointment, considering it a new way to serve both the country and its citizens
  • Al-Sheddi holds two masters’ degrees in public relations and training and education techniques with a focus on marketing from Marshall University in West Virginia

JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), has appointed Majed Al-Sheddi as the commission’s assistant president on Tuesday.
Al-Sheddi thanked the prince for the appointment, considering it a new way to serve both the country and its citizens based on what he has learned from Prince Sultan: citizens come first and serving them is an honor for every official.
He stated that the new mission will allow him to serve in more comprehensive areas, affirming the national identity and advancing in the national economic project SCTH has undertaken.
He expressed his pride in Prince Sultan’s confidence in him. He affirmed that the prince is an exceptional teacher in administration, leadership and values from which he has benefited for more than 15 years.
The new assistant president prayed to meet the prince’s high expectations and contribute to the course of growth and development based on Saudi Arabia’s deeply rooted values.
He holds two masters’ degrees in public relations and training and education techniques with a focus on marketing from Marshall University in West Virginia, US.
Before joining the commission, he was a member of the training body at the Institute of Public Administration, then SCTH’s director general of media relations, supervising organizing committees for the commission’s events.