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Cablegate: Fy-2003 Iv Program: Sri Lankan Nomination For

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070921Z Nov 02

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 COLOMBO 002093

SIPDIS

STATE FOR ECA/PE/V/P-ALISON MOYLAN/AZZA MOUNIB ZAKI,
ECA/PE/V/G/N-ALICE SHIFFLETT; SA/PD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OEXC SCUL KPAO OEXC
SUBJECT: FY-2003 IV PROGRAM: SRI LANKAN NOMINATION FOR
MRP ON "PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS":
MARCH 13-APRIL 3, 2003
PROJECT NUMBER: E/VP-2003-0017

REF: (A) COLOMBO 01899, (B) STATE 126593, (C) STATE

50054

1. POST NOMINATES MS. GEETHANJALI RANAWAKA, ASSISTANT
DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, FOR
PARTICIPATION IN SUBJECT PROJECT.

2. NOMINATION IS AS FOLLOWS:
EXPORT-SOURCE: USIS EVDB
VERSION: 3.0.0
POST-EMAIL: rscmb@pd.state.gov
TRANSMITTING-POST: PAS Colombo
TRANSMITTING-POST-ID: 2929
EXPORT-TYPE: BIO DATA
START NOMINATION:
USIA-OFFICE: E/VGN
PROG-AGENCY-NAME:
POST-PROJ-ID: 66
USIA-PROJ-NO: E/VP-2003-0017
PROJ-NAME: Protection of Intellectual Property Rights -
March 13 - April 3, 2003
START MEMO PROJ-DESC:

END MEMO PROJ-DESC:
PROJ-TYPE: Multi-Regional
PROG-TYPE: IV Grant Visitor
FY: 2003
DEPART-POST: 03/11/2003
SESSION-DATE: 03/13/2003
RETURN-POST: 04/06/2003
NO-OF-PART: 1
RANK-ORDER: 9
START MEMO POST-OBJ:
This nomination is in support of MPP strategic goals on
"Open Markets" and the mission strategy to urge the GSL
to enforce vigorously newly enacted IPR legislation
END MEMO POST-OBJ:
START MEMO POST-RCMD:

END MEMO POST-RCMD:
USIA-OFFICE-ID: 1039
PROG-AGENCY-ID:
PROJ-TYPE-ID: MRP
PROG-TYPE-ID: 29
NOMINATING-POST-ID: 2929
FUNDING-CNTRY-ID:
STATUS: N
ORIGINATOR: U
SUBJ-DISC: Intellectual Property Rights
START BIO:
PREFIX: Ms.
F-NAME: Geethanjali
M-NAME: Rupika
L-NAME: RANAWAKA
SUFFIX:
PRINCIPAL?: Yes
M-ADDR1: National Intellectual Property Office
M-ADDR2: "Samagam Medura,"3rd Floor
M-ADDR3: D.R. Wijewardena Mawatha
M-CITY: Colombo 10
M-STATE:
M-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
M-ZONE:
M-ZIP:
M-PHONE: (94-1) 669-178
M-FAX: (94-1) 689-367
M-EMAIL:
M-CNTRY-ID: CE
M-ADDRTYPE: B
GENDER: F
DOB: 05/23/1965
MAR-STAT: M
BIRTH-CITY: Colombo
BIRTH-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
CITIZ-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
RES-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
START MEMO POSITION:
Assistant Director, National Intellectual Property,
1992- to date
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:

END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
Attorney-at-Law since 1989
END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
None
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:

END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
Attorney-at-Law, Sri Lanka Law College, 1989
Post Attorney Diploma in Intellectual Property, Sri
Lanka Law College,
(in collaboration with Asia Pacific Legal Institution
in Washington, D.C.)
LL.B. (Final year student) Open University of Sri Lanka
END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:

END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:

END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID:

END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: Sinhala
ENGL-READ: 4
ENGL-SPEAK: 4
ENGL-COMP: 4
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
This nomination is in support of MPP goal on "Open
Markets" and the Mission strategy to urge GSL to
enforce vigorously newly enacted IPR legislation
END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:

END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ:

END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC:

END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: Stephen Holgate
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
Ms. Ranawaka has served for ten years as the Assistant
Director of the National Intellectual Property Office
(NIPO) and, according to the current director, has good
prospects for becoming the head of the office in the
future. The existence and enforcement of strong IPR
laws are critical to Sri Lanka's economic development,
especially if it hopes to take advantage of the
burgeoning IT industry. IPR issues are central to many
American investors and to the USG.
According to the current director of NIPO, Ms. Ranawaka
is a dedicated officer who will have an increasing
influence on IPR issues. An exposure to the American
scene through the participation in MRP on "Protection
of Intellectual Property Rights" would provide her with
a broader perspective of the issues involving IPR and
related fields and impress upon her the centrality of
these issues to foreign investment in Sri Lanka. This
will also provide an opportunity to establish
institutional linkages.

END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: Public Affairs
SPEAKER?: No
NOTIFY-EMB: Yes
MEDIA?: No
HOME-STAY: Yes
HOME-HOSP?: Yes
E-I-TYPE:
NOMINEE-ID: 97
PERSON-ID: 64
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: CE
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: CE
RES-CNTRY-ID: CE
FIRST-LANG-ID: SI
E-I-TYPE-ID:
NOM-POST-ID: 2929
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID:
NOM-STATUS: N
END BIO:
END NOMINATION:

3. PLEASE ADVISE ACCEPTANCE OF THESE NOMINATIONS.
WILLS

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