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The Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute (BIDTI) recently conducted a training programme on combatting trafficking in persons for the Sri Lankan Foreign Service Officers and other officers being deployed at Sri Lanka Missions aboard. The requirement of the training programme was flagged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to strengthen the knowledge of those officers with current trends, laws and interests in the sphere of the combatting trafficking in persons.

The two days training programme was held at the Main Conference hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 15th and 16th June 2017 with the participation of representatives of the Foreign Missions and International Organizations based in Sri Lanka.

The Inauguration programme was chaired by the Additional Secretary, Middle East & Africa, Political Affairs (West)) and Economic Affairs, Mrs. Grace Asirwatham, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Australian High Commissioner, Bryce Hutchesson and the Deputy Chief of Mission, Robert Hilton of the Embassy of the United States of America, who attended the inauguration session commended on the timely action taken by the Sri Lankan Authorities in order to address the global threat to the mankind.

Resource persons from various government and international institutions such as Attorney Generals Department, Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau, Criminal Investigation Department, State Intelligence Service and International Organization for Migration made presentations on relevant subject areas. Government of Australia extended special courtesy to the training programme by providing the service of expert Kieran Butler of its Attorney General’s Department.

In addition to officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, officials from the Attorney Generals Department, Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau, Department of Immigration & Emigration, Department of Labour, State Intelligence Service and Security Forces participated in the two-day training session.

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