Cabinet Decisions

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Cabinet granted approval to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the International Centre for Higher Education Innovation (UNESCO – ICHEI) and the Education Ministry.

ICHEI, implemented under the sponsorship of UNESCO, has agreed to provide training across online methodology to enhance the capacity of staff of technical and vocational education and training institutions in the State sector. Under this facility, it has been agreed to facilitate a platform to access artificial intelligence, robotics, data analysis, mechanical vision, mechanical learning, digital graphic designing, and digital enterprises.

Cabinet approved the proposal submitted by the Education Minister to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties to implement the programme.

Allocating plots of land from 13 industrial zones

The Ministry of Industries implements the ‘Regional Industrial Zones Development Programme’ with the aim of promoting the industries at regional level.

Cabinet approved the resolution tabled by the Minister of Industries to allocate plots of land from 13 industrial zones for 25 investors selected under the programme.

Japanese language competency at school level

In terms of the MoU signed between the Governments of Sri Lanka and Japan, Sri Lankans are eligible to apply for employment as technical in-service trainees and employment in 14 sectors under the programme with special skills. Competency in Japanese language is an essential qualification for the purpose and should be qualified precisely from the examinations conducted in several stages. It has been planned to recruit approximately 345,000 labourers for employment in Japan for the next 5 years under the special skills employment programme, and Japan has signed agreements with seven countries including Sri Lanka for this purpose.

Considering the above, Cabinet approved to inaugurate teaching Japanese language and English language under the technical subject stream implemented in the schools.

They also approved to develop soft skills in the sectors of nursing, hospitality, building cleaning, agricultural activities, motor mechanism, or electric and electronic mechanism etc, aimed at the employment opportunities in Japan.

The Cabinet Paper was submitted by the Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment.

Insurance coveragefor SriLankan Airlines

Cabinet approved to award the contract for aviation insurance coverage for SriLankan Airlines to Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation.

This is as per the recommendation of the Standing Procurement Committee appointed by Cabinet.

SriLankan Airlines obtains insurance services under 4 categories of insurance coverage for their aircraft. Limited national competitive bids have been called from general insurance companies registered under the Insurance Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka for those 4 categories of insurance coverage.

Submission of published gazette notifications

Cabinet approved the submission of a Gazette Notification published in terms of the Value Added Tax Act No. 14 of 2002, two Gazette Notifications including rules published under the Excise Ordinance (Chapter 52), and order published under the Finance Act No. 25 of 2003 by the President as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization, and National Policies for the approval of Parliament.

Food Security, Livelihood Restoration Emergency Assistance Project

The project titled ‘Food Security and Livelihood Restoration Emergency Assistance Project’ is planned to be implemented with the aim of protecting the food security and livelihoods of the underprivileged. In addition, the Japan Fund for Prosperous and Resilient Asia and the Pacific has agreed to provide a USD 3 million grant through the Asian Development Bank to finance the project activities.

Cabinet approved the proposal presented by President Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization, and National Policies to conduct negotiations with the Asian Development Bank and to enter into agreements.

(TR)