Skills Boost

August 9, 2007 (LBO) – The United States has completed a program with a Sri Lanka state training institute to improve public sector finance skills of government officers, the US embassy in Colombo said. “U.S. Treasury focused on these objectives because of an urgent need to train young professionals in government service,” the embassy said in a statement.

“A shortage of experienced professionals has been caused by a high retirement rate, and the gaps were not previously filled by institutions of higher education.”

Experts from the United States Department of the Treasury had tied up with the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) to conduct training and education seminars for 900 persons over two years.

Regis Chapman, US Treasury’s resident budget advisor in Sri Lanka, says the programs exposed participants to concepts and practices in public sector budgeting, program and policy analysis, and principles and practices of good governance.

Chapman who had worked in more than 20 developing countries says SLIDA has been aggressive and successful in filling these gaps.

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