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Cablegate: Fy-04 Iv Program: Single Country Group Project On

Published: Thu 27 May 2004 04:06 AM
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270406Z May 04
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 07 COLOMBO 000881
SIPDIS
FOR ECA/PE/V/R/N - COLLEEN H. FLEMING AND ERICKA V. DIGGINS
ALSO FOR SA/PD - LARRY A. MOODY
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SCUL KPAO OECV OEXC
SUBJECT: FY-04 IV PROGRAM: SINGLE COUNTRY GROUP PROJECT ON
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: AUGUST 23-SEPTEMBER 11, 2004
REF: Lohof/Fleming message of April 19
1. Post nominates the following five candidates for
participation in the subject project. The Fifth nominee's
detailed bio would follow in separate cable. Post confirms
that these nominations have "full country team approval."
2. Nominations are as follow:
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: 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: 134
ECA-PROJ-NO:
PROJ-NAME: Single Country Group Project on Intellectual
Property Rights - August 23-September 11, 2004
START MEMO PROJ-DESC:
END MEMO PROJ-DESC:
PROJ-TYPE: Single Country Project
PROG-TYPE: IV Grant Visitor
FY: 2004
DEPART-POST: 8/21/2004
SESSION-DATE: 8/23/2004
RETURN-POST: 9/13/2004
NO-OF-PART: 4
RANK-ORDER: 0
START MEMO POST-OBJ:
This nomination is in support of MPP 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:
ECA-OFFICE-ID: 1039
PROG-AGENCY-ID:
PROJ-TYPE-ID: SCP
PROG-TYPE-ID: 29
NOMINATING-POST-ID: 2929
FUNDING-CNTRY-ID:
STATUS: N
ORIGINATOR: P
SUBJ-DISC: Intellectual Property Rights
START BIO:
PREFIX: Mr.
F-NAME: Kankani
M-NAME: Tantri
L-NAME: CHITRASIRI
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 117
PRINCIPAL?: Yes
M-ADDR1: Commercial High Court
M-ADDR2: Superior Courts Complex
M-ADDR3: Hultsdorf
M-CITY: Colombo 12
M-STATE:
M-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
M-ZONE:
M-ZIP:
M-PHONE: (94-11) 244-1150
M-FAX:
M-EMAIL:
M-CNTRY-ID: CE
M-ADDRTYPE: B
GENDER: M
DOB: 04/13/1953
MAR-STAT: M
BIRTH-CITY: Ambalangoda
BIRTH-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
CITIZ-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
RES-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
START MEMO POSITION:
Commercial High Court Judge, 2003- to date
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
2001-2003 - High Court Judge
1987-2001 - District Judge, Colombo
1984-87 - Magistrate, Colombo and other key districts
1980-84 - Primary Court Judge
1979-80 - Officer in the Legal Draftsman's Department
END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
LL.B., University of Colombo, 1975
Attorney-at-Law, Sri Lanka Law College, 1977
Course leading to MA in IPR, Queen Mary College, University
of London, 2001-2002
(could not complete due to personal problem)
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 goals on "Open
Markets" and the mission strategy to urge the 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: Dean Thompson
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
As the Commercial High Court Judge of Colombo, Mr.
Chitrasiri hears all legal disputes in the commercial
sector including IPR infringements. With his long record
in Sri Lanka's judiciary, he has a special interest in IPR.
The existence and enforcement of strong IPR laws are
critical to Sri Lanka's economic development. If giving
Chitrasiri an opportunity to acquaint himself with the
American
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