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Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 07.05 GMT

Australia offers US$36m aid to uplift Sri Lanka's education

 

Australian Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr visiting Sri Lanka announced on Saturday AU$ 34 million (US$ 36 million) in aid over the next four years to improve the country's education.

Addressing media the Australian Foreign Minister announced that the aid will be given to support teacher training and classroom construction to benefit the primary and secondary school children in the country and to help the country to achieve a stable society with economic growth.

Carr has said that Australia is interested in a stable Sri Lanka since improving the education in Sri Lanka will help to curb the illegal migration of Sri Lankans to Australia and it is of Australia's best interest.

The Australian FM visited and met the staff and students at St. Anthony's School in Colombo ahead of announcing the AU$ 34 million aid package.

During his three-day visit to Sri Lanka from December 14-17, the Australian Minister is scheduled hold talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart Professor G.L. Peiris and President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Sri Lanka and Australia will also establish a Joint Working Group (JWG) on People Smuggling and Transnational Crime during the visit of Australian Foreign Minister's visit.

The Joint Working Group (JWG) will particularly address the current issues of illegal migration, people smuggling and law enforcement.

The two Foreign Ministers on 17th December will inaugurate the JWG that will be led by Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship of the Government of Australia Martin Bowles.



 

 
 
   
   
     
   
   

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