Pallewatta Gamaralalage Kumarasinghe Sirisena known generally as P.G. Kumarasinghe Sirisena has been appointed Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom. He assumed duties amidst a simple ceremony this morning (22 January).
Kumarasinghe Sirisena is the younger brother of Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Yapa Sirisena known generally as Maithripala Sirisena who was elected President of Sri Lanka on Jan 8th 2015
Kumarasinghe Sirisena was earlier the CEO/General Manager of the State Timber Corporation and a Director at Land Reclamation & Development Company Ltd. and L.R.D.C. Services (Pvt) Ltd.
His services were terminated last December after his brother Maithripala defected from the UPFA govt.
Kumarasinghe Sirisena was the Coordinating Secretary to the Leader of the House -Sri Lanka Parliament -From March 2005 to August 2005 when his brother held that position. He has also served at various times as Board director of various organizations such as Mahaweli Engineering Services Ltd, State Development & Construction Corporation as well.
Professional Qualifications :
» Master of Business Administration Degree – 2012-2013
» Master of Public Management Degree – 2006/2007
» Post Graduate Diploma in Accountancy & Financial Management – 1997/1998 University of Sri Jayawardhenapura Department of Accountancy & Financial Management
» Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management 1996 – The Post Graduate Institute of Management (PIM)–University of Sri Jayawardhenapura
» Diploma in Business Management in National Institute of Business Management of Sri Lanka 1998/1999
» MIOGAF – Institute of Government Accounts and Finance. Associate Membership of the Institute 1999. The Institute of Public Finance and Development Accounting under the Ministry of » Finance and Planning. (Fellow member)
» AAT Sri Lanka – Membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka Year – 1993- Index No. 1186 (MAAT/SAT – Life Member)
» The Preliminary Examination of the Institute of Charted Accountants of Sri Lanka – 1982
» Course of Sri Lanka Taxation 1993 – 1994 . The Charted Institute of Management Accountants Sri Lanka
» Course on Malaysian Public Sector Accounting and Financial Management Systems 1998 in National Institute of Public Service Department. This course sponsored by Asian Development Bank MOF Funds-Ministry of Finance.
» Selected members of “DBFA” Post Graduate of Diploma in Business and Financial Administration. The Institute of Charted Accounts of Sri Lanka public sector wing
» Certificate in Sustainable Forestry Management-Thailand
Kumarasinghe Sirisena’s appointment has evoked mixed reactions as his brother Maithripala Sirisena was elected on a platform of anti-corruption, anti-nepotism and good governance.
Following is a relevant excerpt from the blog “icaruswept.com. It is reproduced here as an indicator of how the appointment is viewed in some circles –
The President’s brother, Kumarasinghe Sirisena, was appointed the Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom.
That’s the old nepotism creeping in, alright. On one hand, the dude is qualified. He has a Bsc in Public Administration Management, a Bsc in Management (wait, isn’t that the same thing? Is one more corrupt than the other?), and MBA and something called a “Master of Public Administration.
Either way: he’s qualified. But in a general sense, and not specifically to run a country’s biggest Internet and fixed-line voice services provider.
He apparently worked for 19 years in the RDA, and also has time a Director of the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation. The RDA has historically been one of the best ways of skimming money off the public account. Until people got ambitious and started building entire airports, the easiest thing was to do a shitty job of building a road and then do it again.
However, the man has skills. He was the CEO of the State Timber Corporation since 2006, until Mahinda fired him last December for being the Common Candidate’s Brother. He’s also served as Maithripala’s Coordinating Secretary. He apparently also consults for his brother Dudley Sirisena, who, well, controls a sizeable chunk of the rice in this country.
Maybe he can actually make SLT better. Maybe not. It’s a better appointment than many under the Rajapakse regime – he isn’t a young, fetching girl or a politician who failed Education 101, but he definitely is not the most qualified person for that particular job.
The last I checked, a tar road, however useful, is not a data cable.