The newly appointed
Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Norway, Godfrey Cooray has
assumed duties at the Mission on 15 June 2020 after the 10 days self-quarantine period.
His assumption of duties was
marked by a simple ceremony that began with the lighting of traditional oil
lamp, followed by religious observances of Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu and
chanting of Pirith by Maha Sangha.
Speaking on the occasion,
Ambassador-designate Godfrey Cooray set out his plans for strengthening
bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Norway and emphasised the need for
vigorous promotion of fisheries, trade and investment between the two countries.
Mr. Godfrey Cooray has been enrolled to the Bar as an
Attorney-at-Law in year 1979. He is a
leading senior lawyer with an extensive practice of 40 years and successful
criminal and civil senior Counsel.
Ambassador-designate is a senior partner of Godfrey Cooray
Associates, leading International Legal Consultants, registered company
Secretaries and Labour Consultants. Mr. Godfrey Cooray has held a position as
Former Chairman National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency
(NARA) in year 2009-2010.
Further, he is a former Council Member for the governing Council
of the National Institute of Social Development Ministry of Social Services and
former Chairman of International Relations Committee of the Bar Association of
Sri Lanka (BASL) in year 2010.
Ambassador-designate also held a position as the President of
‘Habitat for Humanity’ Sri Lanka and Senior Consultant to the Executive
Advisory Board of National Office of Catholic Social Communication in Sri Lanka
from year 2018 to current.
Mr. Godfrey Cooray is an executive Committee Member for the
National Catholic Writers Association in Sri Lanka and Legal Advisor in the
area of Media Professionalism to the National Commission for Catholic Social
Communication – appointed under the hand of Auxiliary Bishop Rt Rev Dr Maxwell