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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 111

Kingsley T. Wickramaratne Passes away

Asian Tribune : Sri Lanka Bureau

Colombo, 01 October, ( Kingsley T. Wickramaratne, Ex- Governor of the Southern Province passes away at a private hospital , in Colombo a shortwhile ago. He was a powerful minister during the Chandrika Bandaranayake regime. He was also Advisor on International Trade to the former President of Sri Lanka Chandrika Bandaranike Kumaratunge.Kingsley T. WickramaratneKingsley T. Wickramaratne

He served as the minister of Internal and International Commerce and Food in the Sri Lanka Government Cabinet of President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga from 1994 to August 2000. Seventeen (17) departments/ Corporations, in trade, Commerce and Food sectors of the country came within the purview of his Ministry. By virtue of this key ministerial portfolio and his expertise, he was actively involved in cabinet Committees to foster International Trade and Investment, Industrial infrastructure and Socio-Economic Development. He was elected as a Member of Parliament for the District in 1989 and served as a Parliamentarian up to August 2000.

He has led Trade Mission to the United Kingdom, Russia, United States, People’s Republic of China, Iran, Egypt, Italy, New Republic of Yugoslavia, Australia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives, India, Nepal, Thailand, Chile, Sweden, Germany, Portugal and UAE. He also led Sri Lanka's delegation to the SAARC commerce Ministers meeting in India in 1995-2000 and to the WTO meetings from its inception in Singapore. As advisor on international Trade he specialized on matters related to W.T.O.

He was educated at Wesley College, Colombo. He was a fellow of the British Institute of Management (UK). He was the first Sri Lankan to be admitted to the Young Presidents Organization in USA. He was a founder member of the institute of Marketing, the institute of Packing and the International Advertising Association (SL - Chapter).His professional career has been as a Management and Marketing Consultant.

He became the first Sri Lankan to be elected as Executive Vice President, Junior Chamber International and sixty four (64) countries which came under his jurisdiction. He has traveled widely.

Before entering Parliament, he was private Sector Entrepreneur. He had been the Chairman of the Serendib Group of Hotels and of the Wicks Group of Companies. He also served on the Board of Directors of several leading companies in Sri Lanka.

Twenty six years ago in 1975, he presented a comprehensive paper on " One Economy - One Market - One world " at the JCI World Congress in Nice, France, which was vigorously debated by representatives of eighty- four(84) countries. He also the author of the book - Tomorrow's Economics.

His political affiliation with SLFP ( Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike's Party) began in 1974.

He was elected as Assistant Secretary of the SLFP in 1978. In 1983 he was appointed as Treasurer. in 2001 he was elected as the Senior Vice president of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

He is a family man, married to Helen. They have three daughters.

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