The Director General of the Colombo Plan Staff College, Dr. Naim Yaakub visited Sri Lanka on December 18, 2012 to meet the new Secretary of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, Mr. K.A. Thilakarathna to introduce CPSC, its functions and programs. Also in attendance to the meeting were Mr. W.A Jayawickrama, Director General of Department of Technical Education and Training (DTET), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development and Mr. A.D. Rupasinghe, Deputy Director, Research and Development Division of the same department.

Presentation of Tokens (From L-R) Dr. Naim Yaakub, Mr. K.A. Thilakarathna, and Mr. W.A. Jayawickrama

The CPSC DG oriented the new Secretary with the main mandate of CPSC, which is to build the capacity of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) personnel through regional and in-country programs, conferences, seminars, publications, and research. The DG also walked him through the history of CPSC programs for Sri Lanka over the years and emphasized the need for participants to create a multiplier effect to maximize the benefit from these programs. This in turn should be monitored by the Liaison Office and departments concerned in member countries.

Dr. Naim reassures Mr. Thilakarathna that CPSC as an intergovernmental organization has been in existence for 39 years and still growing from strength to strength with the support of member countries. It has also brought so much benefit to the member countries through south-south cooperation.