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UN agency to extend job opportunities for 40,000 Lankan widows

world Updated: Jun 15, 2010 19:04 IST

A UN agency is assisting Sri Lanka to extend job opportunities for 40,000 widows in the north and east of the country, the region affected by the conflict between the government forces and the LTTE rebels.

The programme launched by the Government to improve the standards of the war affected persons has earned acclamation from the United Nation's agency, the official website said here.

Accordingly, agreement has been reached to provide the government maximum support. The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) is mediating in this task.

The UN Agency said it has crafted plans to find jobs to young men and women of the North by launching small and medium scale enterprises with the application of new technology.

The UNIDO, in a statement, said it was helping the Sri Lankan Government to provide jobs to an estimated 40,000 widows in the island country's northern and eastern regions, which bore the brunt of nearly three decades of civil war.

UNIDO is supporting technology transfer and value addition projects to small- and medium-size industries, according to Kandeh Yumkella, the agency's Director-General.

Yumkella undertook a three-day visit to Sri Lanka. recently said UNIDO is also supporting Sri Lanka to develop renewable energy sources.

He said UNIDO also supported the country's industrial sector by helping laboratories acquire the international accreditation that enabled manufacturers to compete globally.