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From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

The Ministry of Labour announced on Thursday, that over 2,500 unemployed graduates are assured of permanent employment within the private sector under its Sarasavi Saviya programme.
Sarasavi Saviya, a programme that re-trains and finds placements in the private sector for unemployed graduates, reported that within three months the programme had gone beyond its targets for one year. rn

rnThe US$ 10 mn, World Bank funded, matchmaking programme connects degree holders with companies looking for new recruits. rn

rnThe programme began operations in September and is already reporting above yearly targets, with 275 companies registering 2863 job vacancies compared to the first year target of 2,000 job vacancies.rn

rnldblquote This means 2863 jobs for that many graduates and this is 143% of the World Bank target for this year,
dblquote said Nimal Samarakody, Chairman, Sarasavi Saviya.rn

rnEarlier during the year, the Prime Minister met with private sector representatives, the chambers of commerce and