the highest councils worldwide from which he drew accolades that were the highest in diplomatic circles internationally.
British Commonwealth. He researched on the role of commodities in Ceylon’s trade and forged inter alia, the revolutionary idea of a commodities bank which he strove in the international sphere to have implemented.
great Sri Lankan Senaka Bibile, Gamani Corea was able to pilot the implementation of the concept of an National Essential Drugs List for all developing nations, and with the endorsement of UNCTAD, and the support of other UN bodies such as WHO and UNIDO, it became Global practice bringing much benefit economically to the lesser privileged countries. That was a singular achievement of Gamani’s as the Secretary-General of UNCTAD.
National Development, than we scientists were then able to understand. One was to learn of this in particular notion when working with him within the framework of NASTEC – the National Science and Technology Commision, to which he had been appointed as a member by President Chandrika Kumaratunga. He played a leading role in helping NASTEC to formulate STAND, that is SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENDA FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPPMENT, – which was presented to the President.
identified with any one particular ministry. His thesis was that SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY should be under the highest authority of the land and should be clothed with such apical authority, so that the activity that is science and technology could take root in the country. NASTEC in its recommendations to the President did emphasise such a sentiment but to this day unfortunately and to the great disadvantage of our country remains in the limbo of forgotten and ignored ideas. It was a sentiment with which the majority of the scientists agreed, but that notwithstanding SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY in Sri Lanka still remains a forlorn “Cinderella” awaiting the fairy godmother.
the world listened to him, acknowledged his greatness and kept him as Secretary – General of UNCTAD for a record number of years. But a man is rarely a prophet in his own country the saying goes. The smaller the land the truer it is it would seem.