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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.

An annual 6.5 percent growth forecast for the Asian aviation industry has prompted the EU to set up a regional training facility in Sri Lanka.
The EU and the European Association of Aerospace Industries (AECMA) are putting in a combined Euro 10 million to develop the skills of national aviation regulators and operators in South Asia by providing training in the latest aviation technology – using Sri Lanka as the regional training base.rn

rn ldblquote The 10 mn Euro will be used over the next three years for training programmes for six South Asia countries and Sri Lanka has been selected as the training base,
dblquote said Mr Patrick de Prevaux, Managing director, AECMA, at the launch of the EU-South Asia project office on Saturday.rn

rnAECMA represents the national aerospace associations of all 15 EU member states and the Czech Republic as well as the largest European aerospace companies like Airbus, Rolls Royce, BAE systems, SAAB and many more.rn

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