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42 nd Apri Herors Commemoration in London

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HRH the Prince of Wales, President of the British Asian Trust, announced the new appointments to the British Asian Trust’s Advisory Councils, at the 5th anniversary dinner of the Trust, held at Windsor Castle on Monday 11th February. Mr Mukesh Ambani - Managing Director and Chairman of Reliance Industries, was appointed to head the Trust’s India Advisory Council, and Dr. Chris Nonis, Chairman of the Mackwoods Group and Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK was appointed to head the Trust’s Sri Lanka Advisory Council. They join Tom Singh, OBE, founder of New Look Fashion, who heads the Trust’s UK Advisory Council, and Arif Naqvi, founder and CEO of Abraaj Group, who heads the Trust’s Pakistan Advisory Council.

The British Asian Trust is one of Prince Charles’ charities, founded in 2007, and is dedicated to help disadvantaged communities and rural upliftment through education, health and livelihood initiatives that generate self-sufficiency. The Trust has already touched the lives of more than 800,000 people across South Asia. The Advisory Councils are intended to provide the British Asian Trust with further in-country insight and assist with their rigorous selection of future projects. HRH Prince Charles, during his speech to an audience of over 200 at the Trust’s Anniversary dinner, whilst announcing the Advisory Board appointments, said that “I am hugely grateful to Mukesh Ambani who has offered his support in India, also to Arif Naqvi in the lead in Pakistan, His Excellency Dr. Chris Nonis in Sri Lanka and Tom Singh here in the UK. We are incredibly lucky to have such important and supportive people.”

Dr. Chris Nonis stated that he was honoured to have been entrusted with this role, and that his experience in Medicine, Pan-Commonwealth development issues and International Affairs, Business, and Charitable work, will assist him in helping to realise the aims of the Trust.


Independence Day Celebrations of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London

Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 09:24 Written by Administrator Sunday, 10 February 2013 00:00

Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris joins in the Independence Day Celebrations of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London.

L-R: H.E. Abdulla Ali Al-Radhi, H.R.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Maktoum Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, H.E. Dr. Chris Nonis, Hon. Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, Brig. Mohan Gupta, Aiden Burley MP, Ian Paisley MP

Professor G.L. Pieris, Minister of External Affairs who graced the High Commission’s Independence Day Celebration delivered a seminal address on the Country’s progress in the post-conflict era, highlighting the tremendous challenges and constraints Sri Lanka had faced, and the remarkable progress it had achieved, in particular in rehabilitation, demining, livelihood development, infrastructure development, education and capacity building. Professor Pieris also highlighted the recent Independence Day celebration in Trincomalee, and the significant programme of investment and infrastructure development taking place in the North and East.

He was addressing over 180 Members of the Diplomatic Community, Parliamentarians from the House of Lords and House of Commons; Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Commonwealth Institutions; Think Tanks and Opinion Leaders, at the celebration of Sri Lanka’s Independence Day at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London.

Referring to the nature of the Commonwealth as a voluntary organisation of 54 member-states with diverse cultures, ethnicities and value systems, the Hon. Minister articulated that it was not a monolith. If a few member-states attempt to turn such an organisation into a political tool in pursuit of their own agendas, it would not only damage the ethos that the Commonwealth represents but also threaten the very future of the organisation.

High Commissioner Dr Chris Nonis articulated that Sri Lanka had achieved Universal suffrage 17 years prior to Independence, and has always cherished the values of Democracy and Development, which were twin pillars of the Commonwealth. He recounted the success of the recent Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Conference attended by over 700 Parliamentarians, and the ongoing preparations for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November 2013, and the three Fora which precede it.

He commented on Sri Lanka’s progress on Reconciliation, Rehabilitation, reintegration and reconstruction, and the growth rate in the previously conflict-affected areas of the North and East, which was a firm index of the economic dividends that are accruing.

He emphasized the importance of strengthening the bonds of friendship between Sri Lanka and the UK, and the imperative for the International Community not to subscribe to the demagogues of division, who consistently paint a negative and anachronistic view of Sri Lanka, with well-funded collateral agendas. He invited all those present to visit Sri Lanka and make an objective and impartial analysis of contemporary Sri Lanka. He also emphasized the importance of respecting the diversity of each other, which in turn provides dignity to one another, and in turn will ensure a durable peace. The High Commissioner proposed a toast to Her Majesty the Queen and the people of Great Britain.

James Wharton M.P., Conservative Member of Parliament, who had visited Sri Lanka several times and participated positively in Parliamentary debates on Sri Lanka, spoke about the importance of the UK-Sri Lanka relationship which went beyond being simply a Commonwealth  partner, and was also built on trade, friendship, historical links, and shared values. He also articulated that the tenor and substance of the Parliamentary debates on Sri Lanka was becoming more positive recently. Mr. Wharton proposed a toast to His Excellency the President and people of Sri Lanka.

The celebration included a photographic exhibition which showcased Sri Lanka’s progress in the post-conflict era; traditional cultural performances from the Sinhalese, Tamil, and Muslim communities; and a recital from the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra.

Sri Lanka High Commission


07 February 2013


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