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GALLE: The United States has played a big role in developing areas devastated by the tsunami in the South as well as the North and East and improving the lifestyles of the affected people, said Vocational and Technical Training Minister Piyasena Gamage.

He was addressing several meetings held at Hikkaduwa, Ahangama and Koggala to mark the laying of foundation stones for three vocational centres to be built under a Rs. 370 million USAID aid scheme recently.

He said for the first time in the countryA?a??a??s history the USAID has provided funds totalling Rs. 1,125 million for the development of vocational training sector. The proposed vocational centres at Ahangama, Hikkaduwa and Koggala would be completed within 13 months.

Gamage said the Vocational Training Authority was established by the President during his tenure as Labour and Vocational Training Minister to develop youth skills to suit the local and foreign job market.

US Ambassador Robert Blake said the USAID programme and in Sri Lanka had a history of over 50 years.

It came to the aid of Sri Lanka immediately after the tsunami tragedy too. It has also helped to build Arugam Bay bridge, the longest bridge in the country.

Vocational Training Authority Chairman Maj. Gen. Tilak Ponnamperuma, Director General Bandula Thilakasiri, USAIDA?a??a??s Dr. Mike Gold, State Mortgage and Investment Bank Chairman Chandima Weerakkody and Ratgama SLFP Organiser Mohan P. de Silva also participated.


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