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Japan supports Socio Economic reintegration of Lankans

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On 13 July 2023, Mr. Katsuki Kotaro, Minister/ Deputy Head of Mission, attended the Project Closure Event of the Supporting the Socioeconomic Reintegration of Sri Lankan Migrant Workers Repatriated due to the COVID-19 Outbreak funded by Japan at the Mövenpick Hotel, Colombo.

The Project for Supporting the Socioeconomic Reintegration of Sri Lankan Migrant Workers Repatriated due to the COVID-19 Outbreak was funded by Japan and successfully executed by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Ministry of  Labour and Foreign Employment. The project filled a crucial gap by restoring livelihoods of migrant returnees impacted by COVID-19, through community infrastructure and providing access to employment opportunities while reducing their vulnerability through enhanced skills development for future employment opportunities as well as by improving capacity of government institutions in facilitating consistent economic participation of migrant returnees.

Japan has been continuously supporting the peace and socioeconomic development of Sri Lanka and the joint collaboration of IOM, ILO and Sri Lankan Government under this project was conducted in order to ensure targeted beneficiaries a sustainable livelihood through viable income generation activities.

The Japanese embassy in Colombo reiterates that the Government of Japan remains firmly committed to continuous support to assist the people of Sri Lanka and hopes this project will remain another significant milestone honoring the seven decades friendship between Japan and Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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