The formal training programme for 114 Management Service Officers (MSO) prior to assigning them to
Sri Lanka missions abroad was inaugurated on 23rd of September at the BIDTI.
Addressing the participants on ‘National interests and foreign policy perspective of Sri Lanka’, Secretary of the Foreign Ministry and State Secretary of Regional Cooperation Admiral Professor Jayanath Colombage highlighted the need for change in light of a new world order set in motion by the Covid 19 pandemic.
Referring to the three pillars of the President’s vision i.e. National Security, Economic Development and International Relations, he emphasised the importance of Economic Diplomacy as Sri Lanka is moving from an import dependant economy to an export oriented economy. Mentioning that Sri Lanka has not performed well in economic diplomacy though doing well in international political diplomacy, Admiral Colombage stressed the importance of achieving these objectives and urged for cooperation and dedication of participants during their assignments abroad.
The programme consisted of sessions conducted by Director General Human Resources & Mission Management Ambassador M. K. Pathmanathan, who spoke on the general role of a MSO/Attaché in an overseas mission and practical aspects/ challenges of the administration of missions. Acting Director General Policy Planning, Research & Human Resources Development Sesath Thambugala explained the role of the Foreign Ministry and Overseas Missions while Assistant Chief of Protocol Dulmith Waruna and team briefed on diplomatic immunities and privileges, Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations and protocol duties relevant to official and state visits.
The program will continue till 6th October with further studies at the Department of Immigration and Emigration and the Consular Affairs Division at the Ministry.