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Monday, February 14, 2011 - 4.52 GMT

US applauds Govt call for expatsí return


US Ambassador Patricia Butenis applauded Sri Lankan government's efforts to encourage expatriates to return to the country, as the conditions are better now with the prevailing peace.

The return of Sri Lankan expatriates would be a tremendous asset for rebuilding Sri Lanka, the Ambassador said addressing the hSenid International Human Resource Management Conference in Colombo last week.

The US Ambassador pointing out that Sri Lanka has proven skeptics wrong by developing information technology companies and building business process outsourcing industry, expressed confidence that the country can mobilize its human capital to successfully compete globally.

"The government has prioritized human capital, emphasizing the development of English and information technology skills, and they have announced plans to improve the university system.

These skills will help Sri Lanka to become a knowledge hub," Ambassador Butenis has noted.

Although infrastructure development is absolutely necessary for Sri Lanka to build the foundation of a new stage of economic development, it will not be enough and to reach its goals Sri Lanka need to develop and fully utilize its human capital, the United States Ambassador in Colombo Patricia Butenis said.

Ms. Butenis said that she is confident that Sri Lanka can succeed in its ambitious goals with equal opportunity, transparency and inclusiveness.

"Infrastructure development is absolutely necessary, but it will not be enough. Sri Lanka must also develop and fully utilize its human capital to reach its goals," Butenis has said.

"I know that Sri Lanka will find a home-grown solution, based on the country's unique history. Nevertheless, I think that the same keys to building a team - providing equal opportunities and open communication - will still be the key for building a new Sri Lanka," the Ambassador has emphasized.

The keys of transparency and inclusiveness will remain central to Sri Lanka's work to develop its human capital and achieve its goals, she has asserted.

hSenid Business Solutions (HBS) hosted the two-day conference themed 'Unleashing HR Potential to Compete Globally' on February 10th and 11th at the Hilton Colombo.






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