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Dayan elected Chairman for the ILO Governing Body

The Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO) elected Mr. Dayan Jayatilleka, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva, as Chairman for its 2007-08 Session.

The 299th Session of the Governing Body also considered a range of other business, including a report of the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association.

Mr. Jayatilleka replaces Mr. Mdladlana, Minister of Labour of the Republic of South Africa, who served as Governing Body Chairman during the 2006-07 Session.

Daniel Funes de Rioja, President of the Social Policy Department of the Argentine Industrial Union and Chairman of the Employers’ Group of the Organization of American States from 1995 to 1998, was re-elected as Employer Vice-chairperson. Sir Leroy Trotman, General Secretary, Barbados Workers’ Union and spokesperson of the Workers’ Group in the Governing Body, was re-elected Workers’ Vice-chairperson.

The three will serve as Officers of the Governing Body during its 2007-08 Session. The Governing Body is the executive council of the ILO and meets three times annually in Geneva.

Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka who is a well known political analyst is Senior Lecturer in political science at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is also a member of the Council of Management of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) and the editorial board of its journal, and is a regular commentator in the media. He served at Minister of Planning & Youth Affairs in the North-East Provincial Council in 1988-89. 

Ambassador Jayatilleka who holds a First Class Honours degree in Political Science from the University of Peradeniya, Sir Lanka, recently completed his PhD at the Department of Politics and Public Policy, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He obtained his MPhil from the University of Colombo in October 2002. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in 1982-83. 

He was educated at St. Joseph’s College Colombo, Aquinas University College Colombo, Peradeniya University, at the State University of New York at Binghamton and Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. 

Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka who has a distinguished academic record is a also author of numerous publications including Sri Lanka: The Travails of a Democracy: Unfinished War, Protracted Crisis (1995) and the forthcoming book entitled Fidel’s Ethics of Violence: The Moral Dimension of the Political Thought of Fidel Castro to be published in September 2007 by Pluto Press (London) and the University of Michigan Press (Ann Arbour).  

Ambassador Jayatilleka is the son of the late Mervyn and Lakshmi de Silva. He was born in 1956 and is married to Sanja de Silva, an accountant and chartered secretary. 

 

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