The Government has recruited several consultants to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2013 to be the ‘face’ of the summit coordination efforts in November this year.
12 such consultants have been hired at remuneration in the range of Rs. 70,000 each, Colombo Telegraph learns. They include male and female youngsters of between 20-26 years old sources told Colombo Telegraph. The consultants function under the office of the Monitoring MP for the Foreign Ministry and presidential close associate Sajin Vaas Gunewardana. The consultants commenced work a few months ago.
Among the recruits are the 25 year old daughter of United National Party Parliamentarian former beauty queen and former Ambassador to Malaysia Rosy Senanayake,Thisakya Senanayake. Thisakya is a fashion design graduate from the London College of Fashion in 2012.
Colombo Telegraph learns that the daughter of John Keells Holdings Chairman Susantha Ratnayake, Anitra is also on the list of CHOGM consultants. John Keells Holdings is heavily involved in the CHOGM organisation and has been co opted for much of the event organisation and software and hospitality management.
It is not immediately clear what the criteria was for the selection of ‘consultants’ but it is reliably learnt that the appointments were made by Vaas Gunewardane.
All 12 CHOGM consultants are tipped to receive diplomatic positions in Sri Lankan embassies overseas after the summit is over. The locations of the postings include Ottawa Canada and Victoria Australia, the Colombo Telegraph learns.