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Cablegate: Fy 05 Iv Program: Sri Lankan Nominee for Mrp

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181025Z May 04

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 COLOMBO 000810

SIPDIS

STATE FOR ECA/PE/V/M JANET BEARD/AZZA MOUNIB-ZAKI; INFO
ECA/PE/V/R/N/-LARRY A. MOODY, SA/PD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OEXC SCUL KPAO OEXC
SUBJECT: FY 05 IV PROGRAM: SRI LANKAN NOMINEE FOR MRP
"U.S. TRADE AND THE WORLD ECONOMY I", OCTOBER 28-NOVEMBER
18, 2004.
PROJECT NO. E/VM-2005-0004

REF: COLOMBO 00765

1. Post nominates Dushni "Weerakoon", Research Fellow,
Institute of Policy Studies, for participation in subject
project. Post confirms that this nomination has "full
country team approval."

2. Nomination is as follows:

START FIXED-FORMAT TEXT (PLEASE DO NOT EDIT):
: The following data is in a fixed format which enables
: automated processing in Washington and should not be
: edited except by means of the Post-EVDB software.
EXPORT-SOURCE: POST-EVDB
VERSION: 3.0.7
POST-EMAIL: tilakawardenac@state.gov
TRANSMITTING-POST: PAS Colombo
TRANSMITTING-POST-ID: 2929
EXPORT-TYPE: BIO DATA
START NOMINATION:
ECA-OFFICE: E/VGN
PROG-AGENCY-NAME:
POST-PROJ-ID: 126
ECA-PROJ-NO: E/VM-2005-0004
PROJ-NAME: U.S. Trade Policy and the World Economy I -
October 28-November 18, 2004
START MEMO PROJ-DESC:

END MEMO PROJ-DESC:
PROJ-TYPE: Multi-Regional
PROG-TYPE: IV Grant Visitor
FY: 2004
DEPART-POST: 10/26/2004
SESSION-DATE: 10/28/2004
RETURN-POST: 11/20/2004
NO-OF-PART: 1
RANK-ORDER: 0
START MEMO POST-OBJ:
This nomination is in support of MPP goals on "Economic
Growth and Development "
END MEMO POST-OBJ:
START MEMO POST-RCMD:

END MEMO POST-RCMD:
ECA-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: Economics (General)
START BIO:
PREFIX: Dr.
F-NAME: Dushni
M-NAME:
L-NAME: Weerakoon
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 113
PRINCIPAL?: Yes
M-ADDR1: Institute of Policy Studies
M-ADDR2: 99 St. Michael's Road
M-ADDR3:
M-CITY: Colombo 3
M-STATE:
M-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
M-ZONE:
M-ZIP:
M-PHONE: (94-1) 243-1368
M-FAX:
M-EMAIL:
M-CNTRY-ID: CE
M-ADDRTYPE: B
GENDER: F
DOB: 07/29/1966
MAR-STAT: M
BIRTH-CITY: Colombo
BIRTH-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
CITIZ-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
RES-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
START MEMO POSITION:
Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), August
1994- to date
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:

END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
International Trade Consultant, UN-ESCAP, Bangkok October-
December 1997
(assisted in writing of report on "Economic and Social
Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1998")
END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:

END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
1986-94 - U.K.: For studies
1997 - (three months) Bangkok, Thailand: Consultant at UN-
ESCAP
END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
B.Sc. in Econ. with First Class Honors, Queen's University
of Belfast, Northern Ireland, U.K., 1989;
MA (Econ) in Development Economics, University of
Manchester, U.K., 1990;
Ph.D. in Economics, University of Manchester, U.K., 1994

END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
Member, Sri Lanka Economists Association
END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
Editor, "Sri Lanka Economic Journal"
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 goals on "Economic
Growth and Development"
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: Dean Thompson
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
Dr. Weerakoon is attached to the Institute of Policy
Studies (IPS), a leading think tank in Colombo and is
currently in full time employment with the GSL's Regaining
Sri Lanka and FTA initiatives. She has published
extensively on subjects related to international finance
and international trade covering WTO, Globalization, South
Asian regional cooperation, openness of the Sri Lankan
economy, capital account liberalization, and implications
of MFA withdrawal. She has also authored several research
publications of the Government of Sri Lanka and several
international institutions in Japan, India, and Bangladesh.
Dr. Weerakoon, a much sort after speaker at various
seminars organized by the Economists Association and the
Central Bank, is the editor of the SRI LANKA ECONOMIC
JOURNAL (journal of the Sri Lanka Economic Association) and
the Managing Editor of the SOUTH ASIA ECONOMIC JOURNAL -
Sage Publications, New Delhi. She is one of the key
speakers at usual post (GSL) budget seminars in Colombo and
has presented papers at various international seminars.
Being one of the most respected economic analysts in Sri
Lanka, and with excellent academic record and extensive
research experience, Dr. Weerakoon is a key player in Sri
Lanka's economic/trade policy formulation. Due to her
current role in the FTA preparation process, Dushni is an
ideal candidate for the MRP on "US Trade Policy and the
World Economy."
This nomination has "full Country Team approval."


END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: Econ
SPEAKER?: No
NOTIFY-EMB: Yes
MEDIA?: No
HOME-STAY: Yes
HOME-HOSP?: Yes
E-I-TYPE:
NOMINEE-ID: 166
PERSON-ID: 63
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
DS2019-ACTION: 1
DS2019-SUBJECT: 45.0601
SPONS-FUNDS: 0
SPONS-AGENCY1: DOS
USGOVT-AGENCY1: DOS
US-AGENCY-AMT1: 8000
USGOVT-AGENCY2:
US-AGENCY-AMT2: 0
INTL-ORG1:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT1: 0
INTL-ORG2:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT2: 0
VIS-GOVT-AMT: 0
COMMISSION: 0
OTHER-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-CAT: 5
END BIO:
END NOMINATION:
END FIXED-FORMAT TEXT:

3. Please advise acceptance of this nomination.
Lunstead

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