High Commissioner -designate to the Republic of South Africa Sirisena Amarasekara assumed duties at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Pretoria, South Africa on 3 December 2020.
The High Commissioner was welcomed by the staff of the High Commission, upon his arrival and following religious observances, Mr. Amarasekara assumed duties officially.
Later, addressing the staff of the High Commission, High Commissioner -designate Amarasekara emphasized the importance of enhancing economic relations with South Africa and other accredited counties in post Covid-19 era while focusing on promotion of trade, investments and tourism. The High Commissioner further highlighted the need of unity and team work sprit towards achieving goals of the High Commission.
High Commissioner Amarasekara has served in the most senior positions of the Government of Sri Lanka for more than five decades and prior to his appointment as the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to South Africa; he served as Secretary to the Cabinet of Ministers. Further, Mr. Amarasekara has held the posts of Secretary to Prime Minister as well as Secretary to the several other key Ministries including Ministry of Highways, in his public service career for more than fifty years.
Mr. Amarasekara has been graduated from University of Ceylon, Peradeniya and earned his postgraduate qualifications in Development studies from University of Bath, UK.High Commission of Sri Lanka
Pretoria08 December 2020