Under director Rajiv Shah [an Obama political appointee], the United States Agency for International Development will partner with private outsourcers in Sri Lanka to teach workers there advanced IT skills like Enterprise Java (Java EE) programming, as well as skills in business process outsourcing and call center support. USAID will also help the trainees brush up on their English language proficiency.Oh, I forgot to add, they are also doing this in Armenia.
USAID is contributing about $10 million to the effort, while its private partners are investing roughly $26 million.
"To help fill workforce gaps in BPO and IT, USAID is teaming up with leading BPO and IT/English language training companies to establish professional IT and English skills development training centers," the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, said in a statement posted Friday on its Web site.
"Courses in Business Process Outsourcing, Enterprise Java, and English Language Skills will be offered at no charge to over 3,000 under- and unemployed students who will then participate in on-the-job training schemes with private firms," the embassy said.
I don't think that Barack Obama really wants to send your jobs overseas, but I do think that there are people in his administration are "strongly free trade" and they think that being "strongly free trade" means that agencies of the US government have an obligation to move jobs out of the country in this manner, on the theory that one day, eventually, these countries will develop a middle class that will buy the sh%$ that we make.
Still, if this is not on the front page of some right wing blogger in the next 3 days, I would be very surprised.
It betrays a level of political incompetence and arrogance that positively boggles the mind.
I'm going to check and see if it is on Slashdot, and if not, I'll do some blog whoring with the story.