Colombo: 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
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