Mr. Rayhan Wanniappa assumes the role of Deputy Director General (Air Transport and Security Regulation) at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka, effective Thursday, September 7.
Rayhan Wanniappa, an Attorney-at-Law, boasts an extensive career spanning two decades, encompassing both private legal practice and tenures at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.
He possesses a broad spectrum of expertise in aviation legislation, the negotiation of bilateral agreements, the formulation of Air Transport Policies, and the management of industry affairs.
With an impressive track record, he has represented Sri Lanka in nearly 200 inter-governmental bilateral air services negotiations, including pivotal contributions to the ICAO Conferences on Air Services Negotiations (ICAN) and negotiations with the European Union. His efforts have successfully secured and expanded traffic rights for Sri Lanka, both domestically and internationally.
Among his notable accomplishments, he orchestrated the ICAN Conference in 2017, presided over the COSCAP-South Asia Steering Committee meeting in 2022, and played a pivotal role in the inaugural Sri Lanka Aviation Day on July 14, 2023, all hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.
Notably, he has been a key representative of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka at several prominent international organizations, including the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal and the International Labour Organization in Geneva.
In a significant international engagement, he formed part of the Sri Lanka delegation that attended the Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, Canada, a gathering featuring the participation of nearly 170 states.
His academic achievements include an Advanced Master's degree in Air Transport Management, earned at the French National School of Civil Aviation, where he stood as the representative of his graduating class.
Furthermore, he has served as a visiting lecturer in Commercial and Air Law at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University in Ratmalana. He frequently addresses aviation professionals and students on a variety of topics related to the aviation industry.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Mr. Wanniappa is an enthusiastic Toastmaster, frequently delivering speeches at various training programs. His diverse interests extend to travel, sports, and music.
The Aeronautical Authorities of Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates met recently to enhance the Bilateral Air Services Relationship between the two friendly states. The primary objective of these discussions was to update the existing air service arrangements between the two nations, aligning it with the evolving trends in the global aviation arena. This update aims to enhance and optimize air transport operations between the UAE and Sri Lanka.
The UAE delegation consisted of 23 officials and was headed by Mr. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE. It also included the UAE Ambassador to Sri Lanka H.E. Mr. Khaled Nasser Al Ameri and officials from the Civil Aviation Authorities of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. The Airlines represented from the UAE were Etihad, Fly Dubai, Emirates, and Air Arabia.
The Sri Lanka team was led by Mr. K. D. S. Ruwanchandra, Secretary of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Aviation. The Sri Lankan team also comprised of Mr. P. A. Jayakantha, Director General / Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Rayhan Wanniappa -Actg. Deputy Director General from the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka. Also part of the delegation were representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General's Department. The Airline members were from SriLankan Airlines and Fits Air.
Air Services arrangements hold significant importance in a country's foreign policy and play a crucial role in fostering the growth of Sri Lanka's aviation industry immensely benefitting the national economy. This expansion of the Air Services Arrangement between UAE and Sri Lanka will augur well for Sri Lanka’s Aviation industry in the years to come.
The newly appointed Executive Committee members of the Sri Lanka Association of Airlines Representatives (SLAAR) called on Mr. P. A. Jayakantha, the Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer (DGCA & CEO) on 18th August 2023 at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.
They discussed the current and future airline operations in Sri Lanka and the Officials exchanged their views with DGCA & CEO.
DGCA appreciated the commitment of local representatives towards the betterment of the aviation industry in Sri Lanka in the past and looked forward to their continuous commitment.
Led by Mr. Srimath Fernando as its current president, SLAAR, is an industry association that represents over 35 foreign airlines in the Country that consists of General Sales Agents in the online and offline airlines involved in passenger and cargo business.
SLAAR pledged its commitment towards the betterment of Sri Lanka’s Aviation Industry and shared their plans for the upcoming year.
Mr. Rayhan Wanniappa, Actg. Deputy Director General (Corporate Affairs & Economic Regulations), Mr. Ishara Gunawardena, Manager (Air Services & Traffic Rights) from the CAASL were also present at the meeting.
The low Cost Airliner (LCA) will operate scheduled direct flights to Colombo, qualifying itself with the Sri Lanka Civil Aviation technical and operational requirements and meeting with the international safety standards, Passenger comfort etc.
The Government of Sri Lanka encourages more and more foreign airlines to operate to and from Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation is responsible for results oriented products through the Civil Aviation authority.
Inspectorate of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL), led by Mr. Saman Gunawwerdena, Deputy Director General (Flight Safety Regulations) comprehensively scrutinized the airliner’s technical and operational qualifications and having been satisfied, given its green light for issuance of Foreign Aircraft Operator certificate (FAOC).
Accordingly, the Director General of Civil Aviation Sri Lanka, Mr. P A Jayakantha issued the FAOC to the Abu - Dhabi based low cost airliner (LCA), Air Arabia.
The FAOC was presented to the airliner’s Accountable Manager and Sales Manager, Mr. Shibin Nazeem, at the Civil Aviation Authority Head Office recently. Mr. Saman Gunawardena together with Air Arabia’s head of Operations, Mr. Chathuranga Colombage too was associated with the FAOC presentation ceremony.
[Colombo, 17-07-2023] – The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) successfully organized 'Sri Lanka Aviation Day' event on July 14th, 2023, at the Auditorium of the CAASL.
The Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker was the Hon.Nimal Siripala De Silva, Minister of Ports, Shipping Aviation. Mr.Phillip Goh - Regional Vice President of IATA, Mr. K D S Ruwanchandra – Secretary, Minister of Ports, Shipping & Aviation were the other senior dignitaries present along with senior officials from the Airlines, Airport and the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.
The aviation industry has confronted unprecedented challenges in recent times due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The resultant decline in air travel worldwide necessitated a collective effort to rebuild and revitalize the aviation sector. Recognizing this need, 'Sri Lanka Aviation Day' aimed to position the aviation industry for growth and facilitate a vibrant future.
This knowledge sharing event brought together industry leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders to discuss the challenges faced by the aviation industry and identify opportunities for recovery and sustainable growth. The event provided a unique platform for participants to engage in panel discussions, listen to keynote speeches, analyze case studies, and network with fellow professionals. There were 4 panel discussions conducted throughout the day with the participation of both local and foreign speakers & Moderators sharing insights, strategies, and best practices to foster recovery and strengthen the aviation sector in Sri Lanka. The panels were:
Session 1: Navigating the challenges of air travel in a post-pandemic world.
Session 2: Sustainable Aviation in Sri Lanka.
Session 3: Smart airport development and its impact on the air transport industry.
Session 4: Sharing Aviation Safety Information.
We express our heartfelt gratitude to our esteemed partner, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), whose invaluable expertise and insights ensured the event's relevance and impact. Their collaboration with the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka was instrumental in making 'Sri Lanka Aviation Day' a resounding success.
The event's success could not have been achieved without the active participation and support of industry leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders who attended the event. Their commitment and dedication to rebuilding the aviation industry in Sri Lanka is commendable.
Mr. Philip Goh, the Regional Vice President of International Air Transport Association and his delegation paid a courtesy call on Mr. P. A. Jayakantha, Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.
The IATA delegates are in town to participate at the ‘Sri Lanka Aviation Day’ hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) in collaboration with IATA on 14th July 2023 at the Auditorium of the CAASL.
The aviation industry has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a significant decrease in global air travel. Despite these challenges, there is now a sense of hope and determination to revive and expand the aviation sector as countries recover from the pandemic. In the light of this, 'Sri Lanka Aviation Day' will focus on rebuilding and developing the aviation industry in order to facilitate its growth.
Mr. Rayhan Wanniappa, Actg. Deputy Director General (Cooperate Affairs & Economic Regulation), Mr. Vinoop Goel, Regional Director Operations, Safety and Security, Mr. Azhar Azahari, Regional Manager (South Asia), Mr Albert Ttjoeng, Head of Corporate Communication and Mr. Buddika Hewawasam, Country Manager of IATA-Sri Lanka were also present at this meeting.
Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL), the regulatory and controlling body for civil aviation to give effect to the International Civil Aviation Convention and matters connected therewith, recently reviewed its aeromedical examiner’s panel and the recruitment procedure.
The aeromedical examiners serve those who require licencing to perform safety related functions such as piloting aircraft, air crews, aeronautical engineers and air traffic controllers, certificate holders in various capacities engaged in both the airline industry and that of the aeronautical service providers. This is a mandatory requirement in meeting with the world civil aviation standards.
Turning into good governance, it is another first in a aviation history that opens up for the aeromedical professionals and well experienced aeromedical practitioners to come on-board, following the new selection criteria, which are openly advertised in print and electronic media. It has established a process– evaluation of the applications professional qualifications and hands on experience.
The newly recruited aeronautical medical examiners received their letters of appointment in the hands of Director General of Civil Aviation and Chief Executive Officer, Mr P A Jayakantha. Here the Director General stressed that there is an urgent need for enhanced aeromedical evaluation process and focus on specialized medical areas, research and to be results oriented.
The Civil Aviation Authority’s Acting Deputy Director General (Corporate Affairs & Economic Regulations) Mr Rayhan Wanniappa, Head of Aeromedical Section Dr Bimal Dias and the Aeromedical Assessor Dr Nimal Gunaratne was associated with the programme.
We are delighted to share that Her Excellency R. Demet Şekercioğlu, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Sri Lanka and Maldives, recently paid a courtesy call to Mr. P A Jayakantha, the Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer (DGCA & CEO), on 7th June 2023 at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.
During their meeting, the discussions centered around new business opportunities for Turkish Airlines, and we are happy to inform you that the DGCA & CEO warmly welcomed their proposals. The representatives from Turkish Airlines were highly enthusiastic about the suggestions put forth, and both parties have agreed to further explore these opportunities.
Mr. Fatih Bozkurt, General Manager of Turkish Airlines, also attended the meeting, and he expressed special emphasis on the significance of Sri Lanka as a crucial element of their operations. We are excited to announce that Turkish Airlines aims to commence direct flights from Istanbul to Colombo starting from October 2023!
But that's not all. According to Mr. Fatih Bozkurt, Turkish Airlines intends to expand their flight frequency in the upcoming season, exploring more options for travel between our two beautiful countries.
Watch this space for further updates in the near future.
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Today the 01st June marks the 75 years of Sri Lanka becoming a signatory to the International Civil Aviation Convention” commonly known as the “Chicago Convention”.
The 02nd World War was a powerful catalyst through for the technical -development of airplanes, a vast passenger and freight carriage was set up during this period for air transportation in the global network.
In the year 1944, United States realizing the necessity for Civil Aviation networking has invited 55 nations to attend the Chicago convention, 52 nations has signed the Convention on 07th December 1944.
Subsequent to the Convention to ICAO, a specialized agency of the United Nations was establish in 1947 with a mandate to help to achieve the highest possible degree of the uniformity in Civil Aviation regulations, standards and procedures, organization.
At the occasion 75 years of becoming a signatory to Chicago convention, the Director General of Civil Aviation P. A. Jayakantha says the it was just a week ago the ICAO reaffirmed Sri Lanka flying high with its Aviation Security Systems and Oversight capability in conformity with Annex 17 (Aviation Security SARPS)) and that of this relevant security standerds Annex 09 – Facilitation.
On completion of the Universal Security Audit Programme (Continuous Monitoring Approach) in Sri Lanka he also predicted excellence in tis performances at the upcoming universal safety audit programme
Looking back for the 75 years pass by, the DGCA remembering all aviators and those connected with aviation regulatory and industry, the support and the services they have extended has made what the civil Aviation today and the anticipated growth in the near future
He concluded, the Safety and Security is first and priority the most for air transport operations in Sri Lanka.
ICAO audited Sri Lanka aviation security systems under the Universal Security Audit Programme Continuous Monitoring Approach (USAP - CMA) during period 8 May thru 18th 2023. Here, the implementation of standards in the Annex 17 – Aviation Security and the security related standards in Annex 09 – Facilitation together with the State capability on oversight of aviation security under 8 critical elements were subjected to careful and impartial evaluated by four member aviation security audit team, nominated in the hands of Secretary General to the ICAO.
11 full days of scrutiny on the aviation security systems had revealed that Sri Lanka is flying high in its performance.
At the concluding event, the post audit debriefing by the ICAO audit team leader – Mr. Aurelien Lavayssiere presenting its interim report declared that Sri Lanka has achieved 92% of the score.
The DGCA and the Appropriate Authority for aviation security Mr. P A Jayakantha in his appointment as the National Coordinator for USAP audit Sri Lanka, speaking at this event noted that all that was made possible due to the commitment and dedication of the Aviation Security inspectorate together with the industry counterparts.
The Honorable Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, Nimal Siripala de Silva (MP) was present throughout the post audit debriefing stated that the Sri Lanka is proud of this achievement and shortcoming, if any, will be corrected sooner than later, giving an immediate moral support to those involved in the auditing process.
Mr. G S Withanage, the Chairman, Mr. Damitha Narangoda the Vice – Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority and the Chairman Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Ltd., the licensed Aviation Security Service Provider too were present throughout the event.
The minister also noted that the ongoing developments and initiatives of the civil aviation projects and tourism will also be beneficiaries of this Sky High achievement, expanding the horizon of the aviation map and commercial aircraft transport operations too be escalated towards greater heights.
Immediately after the audit results were announced, ICAO audit team together with Aviation security inspectorate of Sri Lanka posted for this photograph with the Honorable Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva (MP) and the National Coordinator, Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer Mr. P A Jayakantha.
SriLankan Catering Ltd was certified and license was issued recently by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) to provide aviation catering service for all aircraft operations operating to Sri Lanka after fullfilling the all required regulatory requirements.
The Catering Service Providers License was handed over by Mr. G.S.Vithanage, Chairman of Civil Aviation & the Competency Certificate was handed over by Mr.P.A.Jayakantha, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of Civil Aviation (DGCA & CEO) to Mr. Mangala Wijesekara, Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Catering Limited on 04th May 2023 at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.
The Application submitted by SriLankan Catering Limited was scrutinized by the Civil Aviation Inspectors of CAASL considering the organizational structure, capability, availability of qualified & well trained staff, required instruments/ equipment and other facilities & documents for the certification under the guidance of Mr. P. A. Jayakantha, the DGCA & CEO and the leadership of Mr. Saman Gunawerdena, Deputy Director General (Flight Safety Regulations) & Capt. Lushan Fernando, Director (Aircraft Operations) of the CAASL.
Senior officials of SriLankan Catering and CAASL were present for the award ceremony held at CAASL auditorium.
We are delighted to announce that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is set to boost its partnership with Sri Lanka's Civil Aviation Authority to drive key aviation initiatives forward. This exciting development follows a recent courtesy call on Mr. P. A. Jayakantha, Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka, by Mr. Azhar Azahari, Area Manager (South Asia) for IATA.
During the meeting, the IATA team outlined their upcoming plans for promoting aviation safety, industry affairs, sustainability, and digitalisation in Sri Lanka. The DGCA warmly welcomed these planned activities and even suggested that IATA provide training opportunities to the Sri Lanka aviation industry. The IATA Representatives expressed great interest in the suggestion and have agreed to explore it further.
Mr. Rayhan Wanniappa, Acting Deputy Director General (Corporate Management), Mr. Ishara Gunawardana, Manager (Air Services & Traffic Rights) of CAASL, and Mr. Buddika Hewawasam, Country Manager-Sri Lanka of IATA were also present at the meeting, emphasising the importance of collaboration and cooperation in driving forward Sri Lanka's aviation industry.
We look forward to working closely with IATA to deliver on these exciting plans and to further strengthen Sri Lanka's aviation sector. Stay tuned for further updates!
Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka has organized a Personnel Licensing (PEL) Initial Course in collaboration with COSCAP-SA in order to provide a proper training for personnel licensing, operations, and airworthiness inspectors to maintain uniform skills and knowledge to conduct specific safety oversight functions related to Personnel Licencing. The training commenced on the 20th of March, is conducted by an ICAO Chief Technical Advisor for Gulf States who is also an ICAO OPS/PEL expert Ms. Nadia Konzali with the participation of two Nepali Licencing officers. The training program would be concluded on the 7th of April which includes On-the-Job Training.
This 15-day course is designed for CAA licensing office staff such as: flight crew licensing operations inspectors, maintenance licensing inspectors, and licensing officers or administrative licensing staff. This course is intended for CAA’s involved in developing or upgrading its own state licensing or PEL system. The course is intended to be taken as a group composed of personnel assigned to a CAA’s PEL office. Participants are taught how to establish and maintain a CAA PEL office. Participants will be instructed on how to develop knowledge tests for a licensing system and how to ensure the test’s validity. Participants will learn the licensing process from application to issuance of a license, in addition to procedures for validation or conversion of a foreign license and suspension or revocation of a license. Classroom exercises will provide practice in how to determine if an applicant is eligible for the license sought, and if the license applicant successfully completed the demonstrations required for a license. The course is based on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), Model Civil Aviation Regulations (MCARs) and technical guidance.
The training was initiated and coordinated by the Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer, Mr. P. A. Jayakantha who was assisted with the formalities by Mr. Rayhan Wanniappa as the National coordinator for COSCAP-SA.
The course was arranged by COSCAP-SA on this request being open for the South Asian states for participation and such Personnel Licencing (PEL) course is done for the first time in Sri Lanka.
H.E. (Mrs.) Rita Giuliana Mannella, The Ambassador of Italy, made a courtesy call on Mr. P. A. Jayakantha, the Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer recently at the CAASL to discuss matters of mutual interest for the Aviation Industries of Italy and Sri Lanka.
ශ්රී ලංකා සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අධිකාරියේ නව උප සභාපති ලෙස දමිත නාරංගොඩ මහතා සිය රාජකාරි කටයුතු ආරම්භ කලේ ය.
වරාය, නාවික සහ ගුවන්සේවා අමාත්ය නිමල් සිරිපාල ද සිල්වා මැතිතුමා විසින් ගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ එකඟතාවය මත එම පත්කිරීම සිදුකර ඇත.
කොළඹ ආනන්ද විද්යාලයේ කීර්තිමත් ආදි ශීෂ්යයෙකු වන ඒ මහතා ශ්රී ජයවර්ධනපුර විශ්වවිද්යාලයේ ව්යාපාර කළමණාකරනය පිළිබඳ විශේෂ උපාධිධරයෙක් වන අතර ගිණුම්කරණය සහ මූල්ය පිළිබඳ පශ්චාත් උපාධිය ලබාගෙන ඇත්තේ එක්සත් රාජධානියේ ඇබර්ඩීන් විශ්වවිද්යාලයෙනි.
වෘත්තීයෙන් කළමණාකරණ ගණකාධිකාරීවරයෙකු වශයෙන් 1992 වර්ෂයේ වෘත්තිමය ජීවිතය ආරම්භ කල ඒ මහතා දශක තුනකට අධික කාලයක් රාජ්ය සහ පෞද්ගලික අංශයේ නිපුනතාවය හා පලපුරුද්ද ලබා ඇත. 2006 වසරේ දී රාජ්ය සේවයට එක්වී ඇත්තේ ශ්රී ලංකා රක්ෂණ මණ්ඩලයේ අධීක්ෂණ අධ්යක්ෂවරයා වශයෙනි . පස් වසරක සේවා කාලය නිමවී ශ්රී ලංකා රක්ෂණ මණ්ඩලයෙන් සමුගන්නා විට එහි අධ්යක්ෂ ජනරාල් වැඩ ආවරණ වගකීම දක්වා උසස්වීම් ලැබීමට ඒ මහතාගේ මනා කළමණාකරන හැකියාව ඉවහල් වී තිබින.
සමූපකාර රක්ෂණ සමාගමේ මූල්ය උපදේශක හා අධ්යක්ෂ මණ්ඩල උපදේශක වරයෙකු සහ ප්රධාන විධායක නිලධාරි ලෙස කටයුතු කර ඇති ඒ මහතා ශ්රී ලංකා තේ මණ්ඩලය සහ ජාතික ප්රවාහන කොමිසන් සභාව යන ආයතන වල අධ්යක්ෂ ජනරාල් තනතුරු හොබවා ඇත.
ශ්රී ලංකා සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අධිකාරියේ නව උපසභාපතිවරයා ලෙස පත්වූ දමිත නාරංගොඩ මහතා සිය වෘත්තිමය නියාමන අත්දැකීම් හරහා සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා ක්ෂේත්රයට අවැසි විධිමත් නියාමනයන් ලබාගැනීමට සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අධිකාරිය අපේක්ෂා කරයි.
ශ්රී ලංකා සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අධිකාරියේ උප සභාපති ජී. එස්. විතානගේ මහතා අද (18) දින නව සභාපතිවරයා ලෙස වැඩභාරගන්නා ලදි.
කොළඹ ආනන්ද විද්යාලයේ ආදි ශීෂ්යයෙකු වන ඒ මහතා ශ්රී ජයවර්ධනපුර විශ්වවිද්යාලයේ උපාධිධරයෙකු වන අතර කොළඹ විශ්වවිද්යාලයෙන් ව්යාපාර පරිපාලනය පිළිබඳ පශ්චාත් උපාධිය ලබා ඇත.
1984 වසරේ දී රාජ්ය පරිපාලන අමාත්යාංශයේ සහකාර අධ්යක්ෂකවරයෙකු ලෙස රාජ්ය සේවයට එක්වන ඒ මහතා ලංකා සීනි සංස්ථාව, රාජ්ය ආරක්ෂක අමාත්යාංශය, ජනමාධ්ය, සංචාරක, ගුවන්සේවා, ප්රවාහන සහ මහාමාර්ග යන දෙපාර්තමේන්තු හා අමාත්යාංශ රැසක සේවය කර ඇති ඒ මහතා පුනරුත්ථාපන, බන්ධනාගාර සහ නැවත පදිංචිකිරීම්, විදේශ රැකියා, ප්රවාහන සහ සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා යන අමාත්යාංශ වල ලේකම්වරයෙක් ලෙස ද ශ්රීලංකන් ගුවන් සේවය හා ලංකා ඛණිජතෙල් නීතිගත සංස්ථාව යන ආයතන වල සභාපතිවරයෙක් ලෙසත් කොමිසන් සභා කිහිපයක සභාපතිවරයෙක් ලෙසත් උසස් නිලතල හොබවමින් රාජ්ය ආයතන රැසක වසර 37 කට අධික දීර්ඝ කාලීන අත්දැකීම් ලබාඇති කීර්තිමක් රාජ්ය නිලධාරියෙකු ලෙස කටයුතු කර ඇත.
ඒ මහතා පත්වන්නේ ශ්රී සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අධිකාරියේ අටවන සභාපතිවරයා ලෙසයි.
ශ්රී ලංකා සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අධිකාරියේ සභාපතිවරයා ලෙස කටයුතු කල උපුල් ධර්මදාස මහතාගේ තෙවසරක සේවා කාලය නිමවීමෙන් පසු වරාය, නාවික සහ ගුවන්සේවා අමාත්ය නිමල් සිරිපාල ද සිල්වා මැතිතුමා විසින් මෙම නව පත්වීම සිදුකර ඇත.
නව සභාපතිවරයා වැඩභාරගැනීමේ අවස්ථාවට වරාය, නාවික සහ ගුවන්සේවා අමාත්ය නිමල් සිරිපාල ද සිල්වා මැතිතුමන්, අමාත්යාංශ ලේකම් කේ. ඩී. එස්. රුවන්චන්ද්ර, සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අධ්යක්ෂ ජනරාල් සහ ප්රධාන විධායක නිලධාරි පී. ඒ. ජයකාන්ත, අමාත්යතුමන්ගේ පෞද්ගලික ලේකම් නීතිඥ අකිල ගයාන්, අමාත්යතුමන්ගේ උපදේශක ඒ. ද ඩී. එස්. ඉන්ද්රසේකර, ශ්රී ලංකා සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අධිකාරියේ විධායක නිලධාරීන් ඇතුළු කාර්යමණ්ඩලය ද එක්විය.