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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2372

Sri Lanka: U.S. Treasury Completes Capacity Building Mission

Colombo, 09 August, (Asiantribune.com): The United States Department of the Treasury, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA), recently completed a two-year mission that presented a wide range of education and training seminars and workshops for 900 Sri Lankan professionals. Professionals from U.S. Treasury, the Sri Lanka Ministry of Finance and Planning and SLIDA presented the seminars and workshops.

According to Dr. Regis Chapman, U.S. Treasury’s resident budget advisor in Sri Lanka, “the workshops, seminars and class lectures were aimed at exposing participants to concepts and practices in public sector budgeting, program and policy analysis, and principles and practices of good governance.”

U.S. Treasury focused on these objectives because of an urgent need to train young professionals in government service. 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. Dr. Chapman expressed confidence that SLIDA, which has been aggressive and successful in filling these gaps, has a bright future in contributing to Sri Lanka’s professional culture.

Chapman, who has had experience in more than 20 developing countries, observed, “Most developing countries have a surplus of good policies. The larger problems they face are related to breakdowns in implementation. So our job was not related to abstract policies and theories, but to building practical capacities that strengthen implementation. This means focusing on executive and managerial competencies.”

Participants in the workshops and seminars represented a wide range of ministries, provincial councils and departments. Workshop participants were awarded SLIDA Certificates for their participation. In the future, the courses are being included as part of SLIDA’s permanent staff service courses and integrated into SLIDA’s Master of Public Management Programme conducted for government practitioners.

Mr. Saliya Dharmawardane, Head of SLIDA’s Centre for Public Financial Management, will continue oversight and management of the workshops and seminars.

- Asian Tribune -

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