Ambassador Saroja Sirisena presented Letters of Credence to Mr Li Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) on 17 September 2019, at the Vienna International Centre accrediting her as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to UNIDO.
During the discussion, after presenting the Letter of Credence, the Permanent Representative, highlighted the important work carried out by UNIDO; promoting industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive development and environment sustainability under the guidance of Mr Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO. Ambassador Sirisena further appreciated the work accomplished by UNIDO in Sri Lanka encouraging industrial development by safeguarding the environment and advancing economic competitiveness.
Director General Li expressed great satisfaction on the level of commitment extended by Sri Lanka to UNIDO. He further emphasised the importance of ongoing projects conducted by UNIDO in large scale, covering the areas of capacity building, traditional food processing and environmental friendly management of chemical wastage. He further pointed out the value of a strong partnership with the organisation and the impact on sustainable economic and social development in Sri Lanka.
Ambassador Sirisena highlighted the significance of Sri Lanka’s involvement in future UNIDO activities and reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to the work of the Organization.
Saroja Sirisena joined Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1998 and served as Director General Economic Affairs, Director General Public Diplomacy and the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately prior to her appointment in Vienna.
In her Diplomatic Career, she served as the Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai from 2014-2018 and held positions at Sri Lanka Missions in Geneva, Brussels and Paris.
She is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Australia and has completed post graduate studies at the École Nationale d’Administration in France. She is a past pupil of Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo.
The ceremony was attended by Mr Mahesh Mahakumarage, Second Secretary, Ms Asanka Weerasingha, Attaché of the Sri Lanka Mission and Kai Bethke, Director-External Relations and Policy Research, Ciyong Zou, Director-Programmes, Partnerships and Filed Integration and Mr Prakash Chandra Mishra, Programme Officer-Asia and the Pacific of the UNIDO.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
23rd September 2019