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Would You Dare to Travel under the Outbreak of Covid-19 ?

Due to the outbreak of Covid19 across the globe, the safety of traveling has become increasingly complicated. To prevent the spreading of Corona Virus, the countries are following different measures and among them traveling has become one of the most considered section since the outbreak of Covid19 mainly occurred through traveling across the borders. If you are a traveller who is confused between whether to cancel or continue your traveling plans, it’s important for you to know the security measures, the countries have taken to prevent spreading of Covid19 domestically or globally before planning your travel.

Since most of the countries and territories in the globe are currently experiencing an active outbreak of Covid-19, the governments are advising the citizens to avoid all non-essential travels overseas considering the health risks and travel restrictions due to the outbreak of Covid19. As the security measures, some of the countries around the world are imposing strict travel restrictions. Travels and travel plans have been disturbed worldwide in large scales resulting a huge reduction in passengers and foreign outcomes. And also most of the air routes will not remain commercially viable. The options for the travelers to travel or get home has been reduced dramatically with the increasing danger. Therefore the countries are advising the citizens who have travelled overseas to consider returning home as soon as possible.

In any case, where you will have to travel from country to another country under the outbreak of Covid19, be aware that you may be placed in quarantine, be required to self-isolate. And also your travel insurance may be affected by the outbreak of Covid19. Therefore contact your travel insurer for any concerns about whether you are covered by your insurance policy for any potential Covid19 related expenses. Most importantly make sure you can access money to cover emergencies and unexpected delays in your travel plans.

The official websites of the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDCP) also provides the updated information for the travelers to plan their travels avoiding restricted territories. Most of the times, this travel guidance is provided through travel health notices which are based on the potential health risks declared by different travel destinations. These travel health notices are designed as Level 1, 2, 3 or 4 based on the on the current situation in that particular destination.

In order to prevent the spreading of Covid 19 , nations across the globe have imposed travel restrictions internationally and locally. Below mentioned some of  the security measures which have been imposed by the countries considering the current situation of Covid 19.

On 19 March , the State Department issued the Level 4 advisory, recommending that United States citizens avoid any global travels. According to the updates given through the security measures on 20th March, in the Africa the governments of Ghana, Kenya restricted flights from all the countries and only the permanent citizens of these countries will be allowed to enter the country through airports. Morocco , Namibia and South Africa have not imposed security measures to restrict  the travelers to enter the country except the travelers from countries that have reported Covid-19 cases.

In America , the governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay , Venezuela have banned the flights from Europe and Asia  while Chile, Ecuador, Salvador, Guatemala, Dominic Republic and Peru have imposed security measures globally, restricting the flights from all the countries. Canada has restricted the flights from United States while Brazil has not imposed high security measures instead Brazil government has announced the citizens to be in alert with the current conditions of Corona 19.

In Asia most importantly in Sri Lanka, The Civil Aviation Authority has declared to cease the international operations of Jaffna International Airport from March 15 until further notice. The airports will only be opened for domestic flights. Further , visas on arrival have been suspended and no cruise passengers are allowed to disembark. As another security measure , Sri Lanka has banned the travelers coming from the countries which have reported cases of Covid 19. Every passenger, must undergo temperature screening , 14 days of quarantine and indeed they must fill out a health declaration.

Not only Sri Lanka, but also China, India, Japan , Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand highly recommend any travelers from any country specially from the countries with reported cases of Covid 19 , to undergo 14 days quarantine in order to prevent the spreading of Covid 19 inside the countries.

Imposing the security measures in Europe, European Union announced a closing across the boarders for 26 countries with more than 400 million people for upcoming 30 days. These 26 countries of European Union, included Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus etc. Yet Ireland, a member of European Union, has not imposed border closings since Ireland is bound with Britain by passport-free agreement. In other hand Britain has not shown any interest towards implementing the border restrictions.

On March 19, Australia’s prime minister imposed a travel ban on both non-residents and non-Australian citizens entering the country. In New Zealand only New Zealand citizens are allowed to enter the country followed by a self isolation as a self quarantine.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has cancelled all Umrah and tourism visas from affected countries and it’s mandatory for all the customers flying into the kingdom, filling a Health declaration before arriving. Also, Saudi citizens and residents living currently in SA not allowed to travel to the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Italy, Korea.

It’s wiser to avoid non-essential travels to the countries and the territories with confirmed cases of Covid 19. The governments have the authority to impose security measures including travel restrictions and quarantine requirements to prevent the spread of the virus. These measures may be imposed at short notice and specific details updates may be changed rapidly. All the citizens including travelers should stay informed of measures being taken by the authorities.

To be acknowledged on countries and territories which have Covid-19 related border restrictions affecting foreign nationals, including travelers in transit, always stay in touch also with International Air Transport Association (IATA) website before planning your traveling destinations. It is totally up to each country to enforce these new measures with the complete authority to make any changes on who they allow in and under which circumstances. Further, it’s always your responsibility to make sure to take care of yourself by maintaining basic hygiene for the well-being of yourself and of whom you associate during the travel.

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The positive impacts of Global Volunteering Projects on the Local Community towards achieving Sustainability

In a world where all most all the countries are in a competition to chase the rapid development 4.1 % of Sri Lankan population lives below the International Poverty Line. The recent researches declare that the Per Capita Income in Sri Lanka indicates a less value compared to other developing countries. And also the unsatisfactory Gross Domestic Production of Sri Lanka shows a lapse in the growth rate of the economy. According to the ideas presented by Lee Kuan Yew , the founder of modern Singapore, in order to boost the economic growth rate of any country, the Agricultural sector ,Service Sector and Industrial Sector of that particular country should contribute to the development process of the county through different levels , focusing on sustainability.

As a non governmental , non – for profit organisation which promotes cross cultural awareness among youth, AIESEC is aimed to work towards achieving sustainable development goals impacting positively on the people. Global Volunteering which is known as GV projects in AIESEC bring together the International Youth from different countries making them work in challenging environments for different projects, meanwhile developing the living standard of the local community.Various National GV projects find their setting in different Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) declared through United Nations.

Addressing the 4th Sustainable Development Goal of “Quality Education” the project “Alphabetz” targets Nursery Education where the local students get the opportunity to brush up their skills in English language from the childhood under the foreign exposure. Adding to that The project “Inspiro” is focused on improving the English Literacy in local school students through workshops and sessions conducted by foreign undergraduates.

To address the 3rd SDG of ,” Good Health and Well-being” AIESEC has designed some projects including the National Project ” Heart Beat”. This project brings the foreign volunteers to Sri Lanka, who are interested in Ayurvedic Medicines offering them the opportunity to learn about Ayurvedic Herbs and Medicines in Sri Lanka also sharing their medical knowledge and methods with local community. Interactive School Sessions constructed through this project guide the local student to maintain the a good health from their childhood. Further addressing the physical and mental well-being Blood Donating Camps, Sessions with Cancers Patients are conducted under project “Heart Beat.”

Focusing on the 8th SDG of “Decent Work and Economic Growth” some of the GV projects are designed for the foreign entrepreneurs to meet leading local entrepreneurs to gain a sound knowledge on the entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka and share their knowledge with local school students making them familiar with entrepreneurship from the childhood.

Sri Lanka is paradise of tourism. The National project “Be Sri Lankan” is designed to improve the tourist attractions to the natural based sites in Sri Lanka. Social Marketing Campaigns conducted by foreign volunteers through Videography and blogs support to globalise the tourism in Sri Lanka boosting Service Sector, implementing positively on the Per Capita Income.

Furthermore, targeting the 14th and 15th Sustainable Development Goals of “Life On Land” and “Life under Water” AIESEC conducts GV projects with the participation of foreign volunteers. These projects are focused on a vast area including Responsible Consumption, Environmental Protection, Fish population, Wild – Life, Environmental Conservation etc.. supporting the local community to deal with severe social, economical and environmental problems popped up through exploitation of Natural Resources .
Therefore it’s a proven fact that Gv projects powered by AIESEC impacts positively on improving the standards of the Local Community bringing the sustainability.

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Levelling up the Sustainability of the Start-ups in Sri Lanka through hiring Global Entrepreneurs.

The recent statistics issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (2019) declare that Sri Lanka is making a rapid progress towards becoming one of the fastest growing economies in South Asia, while managing inflation (3.3%) and unemployment (4.3%) through various strategies. The business climate within Sri Lanka is becoming favorable to foreign investors since Sri Lanka is the only country in the world which owns Free Trade Agreements with both India and Pakistan. The government of Sri Lanka is responsible to set up high Economic Development Zones, Industrial and Technical Zones to attract investors boosting up the economy of the country with Foreign Exchange and investments.
Even though the economic development rate in Sri Lanka builds up a healthy background for the businesses, the “Sri Lanka Start-up Report 2019” issued by Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM) states that even though the rate of start-ups in Sri Lanka commenced each year indicates a high rate, less amount of them achieve the sustainability and success surviving through the difficulties and the challenges they come up with.
Start-ups can be defined as grass root but Innovative businesses which generate new products, ideas and services creating a high growth, high impact in the business environment. According to the business critics, the less diversity inclusion is the biggest cause which leads to the failure of number of start-up. A start-up’s biggest value is the entrepreneurial mind-set which eventually increases the opportunities which push the business up through the ladder of success. If all the entrepreneurs which were recruited, represent a same culture and a same field , the success of the start-up becomes doubtful since there is a less diversity among the mind-sets of the entrepreneurs as employers.
Hiring foreign volunteers as the Global Entrepreneurs, AIESEC imports and recruits Innovative young employers from different fields representing diverse cultural backgrounds, offering them the opportunities to work with local entrepreneurs adding a diversity to the start-ups. Since these foreign entrepreneurs hold different mind-sets different to the local entrepreneurs, the start-up becomes rich with innovative ideas increasing the value and the competitive level of the start-up with the foreign exposure.
Before hiring the foreign entrepreneurs , AIESEC brings them through interviews to figure out their skills and the strength which they hold in different fields. Recruiting Entrepreneurs representing different fields is essential for the success of a start-up because they employers should be skillful enough survive through the competition finding the best solutions. Employers of the start-up need the knowledge in Information Technology, Human Resources Management, Finance etc. to cope up with the different problems they face in the business environment. Since AIESEC is hiring Global Entrepreneurs representing divers cultures and different fields to work with local entrepreneurs, the sustainability of the start-up remains in a high position.
Hiring Global Entrepreneurs also enriches the start-up with International Recognition. With the foreign exposure the start-ups build up broader networks between countries achieving the establishment in the cooperate field.. Further the International Recognition can boost up the demand for the start up with a surprising rate, adding more opportunities to the cooperate sector of the Country.
If Sri Lanka is looking forward to achieve sustainability increasing the economic growth, start-ups are one of the most practical ways to address the highly competitive job market, reducing unemployment by hiring young, skilful, qualified individuals across the boarders recruiting the as the Global Entrepreneurs in the local start-ups. The technological advancement and rapidly increasing competition between start-ups can combat the economic issues in Sri Lanka including inflation and unemployment bringing both the start up and the country to the Sustainability.

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COVID-19: Current Safety Information

Safety always comes first. In the light of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we advise you to ensure you are aware of the latest information available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority before making travel plans with AIESEC.