Friday, 20 August 2010

Interviews Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha Secretary General SCOPP Sri Lanka

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha (Secretary General SCOPP)

SCOPP: Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP)

Born out of a need to institutionalize the Peace Process, the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) was established on 06 February 2002 with the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL). The Secretariat was headed by Bernard Goonetilleke (2002-2004), Jayantha Dhanapala (2004-2005) and Dr. Palitha Kohona (2006-2007). Prof Rajiva Wijesinha is the current Secretary General of SCOPP.

SCOPP employees are drawn from both private and public sectors and include specialists in Communications, Diplomacy, Economics, and Law.

For over two years since its inception, SCOPP was under the direct purview of the Prime Minister. Currently, it comes under the direct purview of His Excellency the President.

SCOPP is Primarily a coordinating and facilitating body of the Peace Process. It is the main instrument of the Government to consolidate and strengthen the Peace Process. SCOPP engages in extensive consultations with all stakeholders involved in the Peace Process including the public and private sectors, civil society, donor community and line agencies on a regular basis.
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