Open forum to discuss issues

‘How can we develop adequate language skills to access global knowledge and new technologies that would add more value to exports, create new jobs and more income for all Sri Lankans?

How can we man our businesses at all levels with those who have sound global communication skills to compete for foreign investment and markets? How can Sri Lanka create a citizenry who can communicate with potential clients to compete globally for financial, health and other services?

How can communication barriers in the tourism sector be eliminated so that its personnel can attract an influx of tourists?

“How does Sri Lanka address its English language deficiency?’ An Open Forum to discuss these issues, organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung will be held on Thursday, November 11 from 5.30 p.m. to 8 p.m

The panelists will be Murtaza Esufally, Group Director, Hemas Holdings; PLC, Colombo; Sunimal Fernando, Presidential Advisor and Convenor, Presidential Task Force on English and IT; Professor Siri Hettige, Director, SPARC, University of Colombo; Mr. Mahasivam, Secretary, Ceylon Tamil Teachers’ Union, Trincomalee.

Dr. Anila Dias Bandaranaike, retired Asst. Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka will be the facilitator.

Invitations in limited numbers may be obtained from: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 4, Adams Avenue, Colombo 4, Fax: 011/250 27 27, Telephone: 011-250 27 10, E-Mail:

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