Mar 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national consumer protection is to be led by an internationally accredited quality professional-and a leading academic in management science, according to the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen.
Minister Bathiudeen has appointed former Director General /CEO of Sri Lanka Standard Institution (SLSI) Dr Lalith Senaweera as the ninth Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) of Sri Lanka on Friday, 8 March at the Ministry in Colombo.
"With this appointment, we leverage your local and international experience for our consumer protection" said the Minister handing over the letter of appointment to Dr Senaweera.
"I shall render my services and expertise to upgrade CAA and to serve the consumer protection vision of the Unity Government" Dr Senaweera said expressing his appreciation to Minister Bathiudeen.
Dr Senaweera led the Sri Lanka Standards Institution for 36 years as its Director General /CEO infusing various aspects of international standardization to Sri Lankan domain. He introduced the ISO series to Lankan business sector for the first time in 1994, starting with ISO 9000.
During 2013-2016 Dr. Senaweera served as Chairman of DEVCO - ISO, the International Organization for Standardization which comprises 163 member countries. The global action plan for Standardization (2016-2020) now being implemented across the world was developed during his Chairmanship of DEVCO. DEVCO-ISO integrates implementation of ISO across the world.
Considering his significant contribution to propagate and promote quality and quality management locally and internationally, he was recognized by global authorities and was awarded the fellowship of American Society for Quality (ASQ) and Chartered Quality Professional of Chartered Quality Institute of UK. He is the sole Sri Lankan to hold both these recognitions in Sri Lanka today. He is an approved Assessor Team Leader for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) UN Framework on Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and conducted a number of institutional assessments in leading countries including UK, Japan, Korea, and China to accredit applying country-organizations.
Dr. Senaweera packs 17 years' senior management experience, serving in various senior capacities at SLSI and other international bodies. In 2013, he clinched the 'Best CEO' awarded by the Ministry of Science and Technology competing with 15 scientific institutions, under the same Ministry.
Dr. Senaweera has published many academic articles and research papers and also the author of three volumes on Quality and Quality Management. He is a visiting academic in a number of local and foreign affiliated universities.