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Demand for Sri Lankan professional emigrants high

By Staff
With the onset of peace generating a steady economic turnaround in Sri Lanka, there is an increasing demand for highly qualified professionals in various sectors, providing a great opportunity for top Sri Lankan executives employed abroad to return home, according to head hunting guru Fayaz Saleem.
As Managing Director and Principal Consultant of Colombo-based Appointments of International Management Specialists (AIMS) and Executive Search Ltd, one of the top foreign and local employment companies in Sri Lanka, Mr. Saleem will be visiting the Middle East next week to give Sri Lankan executives an overview of Sri Lanka’s job market.
 “The current strong political and economic climate has opened opportunities for local and foreign investors to take advantage of high profile projects that are underway and planned right across Sri Lanka. Additionally, the reconstruction process that is underway in the North and East in an area that was once a war zone has become an attractive proposition for local and international businesses,” said Mr Saleem.
Sri Lanka’s economic growth is poised to accelerate this year on the back of rising tourist arrivals, foreign investment and business confidence after the end of the island’s nearly three decade civil war. Sri Lanka expects to achieve a growth of 8.5% in 2011 up from 8% last year.
“Some of the projects that have already commenced encompass regeneration and renewal of infrastructure, transport planning, ports,hotels, housing and area planning and development, urbanisation, rural planning and development,” he said.
However, Mr. Saleem believes that Sri Lanka’s domestic job market at this juncture cannot meet the increasing demand for quality professionals to handle the magnitude of the reformation process.
“The ground reality is that some of the best Sri Lankan professionals are gainfully employed all over the world including the GCC states, UK, Canada, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, etc, many of them holding positions of great responsibility. In such a situation, it would be necessary to attract migrant Sri Lankan professionals back to the country by formulating proactive measures to create stable employment and investment opportunities at home, attracting both young home-grown talent and experienced immigrants whose expertise and knowledge will promote social and economic development.”
Fayaz Saleem can be contacted at fayazsaleem@eslaims.com and will be in the UAE from Sunday till February 4.