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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2862

Austin Fernando the new Secretary to the President

By K.T.Rajasingham
Colombo, 02 July, (

Austin Fernando Governor of the Eastern Province has been appointed as the new Secretary to the President.

He has been appointed following the resignation of P.B. Abeykoon, the President’s Secretary’.

When Asian Tribune contacted he said he will be in Trincomalee tomorrow to bid goodbye to the Eastern Provincial Council staffs especially to those in the governors secretariat, Also he said he will go to Konesar Temple before
returning to Colombo.

According to latest reports, Austin Fernando had resigned from the post of the Governor of Eastern Province on the 22nd of June and the President has accepted his resignation on the 27th of June, and appointed as Secretary to the President.

Austin Fernando is expected to assume duties as Secretary on the 4th - Tuesday.

Abeykoon, who has been serving as Presidential Secretary since the election of President Sirisena in January 2015, tendered his resignation yesterday (30) due to personal reasons.

A former Defence Secretary and reputed civil service officer, Austin Fernando retired as a senior official in the Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS) before he was appointed as an adviser and later governor by the President.

Fernando is the author of My Belly is White: Reminiscences of a Peacetime Secretary of Defence

He told Asian Tribune that at present he is writing a book in Sinhalese language, more or less it is about his autobiography but the focus of the book is mostly about the public service. He said he has already completed 130 printed pages - A4 size and he envisages that the whole book would be about 300 pages.

He has a Special Degree in Economics from University of Kelaniya in 1980 and a Diploma in Agriculture from the School of Agriculture, Kundasale in 1981 & his Masters in Development Management (MOM) from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Manila, the Philippines in 1995.

- Asian Tribune -

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