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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS PRESS STATEMENT

The following Heads of Mission presented their Credentials to President S R Nathan in separate ceremonies at the Istana today:

(a) The Ambassador of the Republic of Peru, Mr Fernando Guillen, who has succeeded Mr Juan Carlos Capunay;

(b) The Head of Delegation of the Commission of the European Communities, Mr Vassilis Bontosoglou, who has succeeded Mr Sabato Della Monica;

(c) The Ambassador of Ukraine, Dr Oleksandr Horin, who has succeeded Mr Rostyslav Bilodid;

(d) The High Commissioner of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Mr Alan Collins, who has succeeded Sir Stephen Brown; and

(e) The High Commissioner of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mr Ajit Jayaratne, who has succeeded Mrs Chitranganee Wagiswara.

The curricula vitae of Mr Fernando Guillen, Mr Vassilis Bontosoglou, Dr Oleksandr Horin, Mr Alan Collins and Mr Ajit Jayaratne are attached.

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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
SINGAPORE
28 JANUARY 2003

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FERNANDO GUILLEN

AMBASSADOR

REPUBLIC OF PERU

 

BORN:

24 July 1939

 

AGE:

63

 

EDUCATION:

Bachelor in Law, San Marcos University, Lima, Peru, 1967

 

 

 

Licentiate in International Relations, Diplomatic Academy of Peru, 1978

 

 

CAREER:

1966

Third Secretary, International Trade Department of the Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)

 

 

 

 

1967

Third Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Peru to the International Organisations, Geneva

 

1969

Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Peru to the International Organisations, Geneva

 

 

 

 

1972

First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Peru to the International Organisations, Geneva

 

 

 

 

1974

First Secretary, Under-Secretariat of Economic and Integration Affairs Directorate, MFA

 

 

 

 

1974

First Secretary, International Economic Policy Department of the Economic Affairs Division, MFA

 

 

 

CAREER:

(cont'd)

1975

First Secretary, Deputy Director of Economic and Integration Affairs Directorate, MFA

 

1976

Counsellor, Director of the Economic Directorate Under-Secretariat of Economic and Integration Affairs Directorate, MFA

 

 

 

 

1977

Counsellor of the Embassy of Peru in France

 

 

 

 

1978

Counsellor, Peru�s Alternate Representative to the Executive Committee of the Intergovernmental Council of Copper Exporting Countries

 

 

 

 

1982

Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Peru in Colombia

 

 

 

 

1984

Minister, Director of Integration of the Under-Secretariat of Economic and Integration Affairs Directorate, MFA

 

 

 

 

1986

Ambassador, Director of Economic Integration of the Under-Secretariat of Economic and Integration Affairs Directorate, MFA

 

 

 

 

1986

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Peru to India

 

 

 

 

1987

Non-Resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Peru to the Governments of Bangladesh, Iran and Nepal

 

 

 

 

1991

Ambassador, Under-Secretary of Multilateral Policies, MFA

CAREER:

1991

Ambassador, Director General of Multilateral Affairs, MFA

 

 

 

 

1992

Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations, New York

 

1997 �

2002

Senior Advisor, MFA

 

 

 

 

28 January 2003

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Singapore

 

 

AWARDS AND

DECORATIONS:

Grand Official of the "Order of Merit" for Distinguished Services, Peru

 

 

 

Commander of the "Order of Merit", France

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January 2003

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VASSILIS BONTOSOGLOU

HEAD OF THE DELEGATION

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES

 

 

BORN:

5 October 1952, Athens, Greece

 

 

AGE:

50

 

 

MARITAL

Married

STATUS:

Has two children

 

 

EDUCATION:

Faculty of Law and Economics, University of Athens, Greece, 1971-75

 

BA in Economics, 1975

 

 

 

Faculty of Economics, University of Montpellier, France

 

Doctorate in Agro-food Economy, 1975-80

 

 

CAREER:

1978-80

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier, France

Assistant, Department of Agro-food Economy

 

 

 

 

1980-82

International Trade Centre (ITC)-UNCTAD/GATT, Geneva

Department of Mediterranean Region;

Market Development Officer, Tunisia

 

 

 

 

1983-89

Administrator, Directorate-General for Development, later Directorate-General

 

 

for External Relations;

 

 

Relations with Asia and Latin America

 

 

In charge of various development and economic cooperation programmes

 CAREER:

(cont�d)

1989-90

Administrator, Directorate-General for External Relations

 

 

Task Force Poland, Hungary

 

 

 

 

1990-95

Administrator, Directorate-General for Research and Technological Development; International Cooperation;

In charge of S&T Cooperation with ASEAN and China

 

 

 

 

1995-98

Principal Administrator, Directorate-General for External Relations;

Relations with China, Hong Kong, Macau, Korea;

Desk Officer for China

 

 

 

 

June 1998-2003

First Counsellor,

Delegation of the European Commission to Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia;

Head of the Trade and Economic Section

 

 

 

 

28 January 2003

Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Singapore

 

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January 2003

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OLEKSANDR HORIN

AMBASSADOR

UKRAINE

 

 

BORN:

11 November 1956, Kiev

AGE:

45

EDUCATION:

1973-1978

 

1978-1981

Kiev State University, Faculty of International Relations and International Law

Kiev State University, Department of the History of International Relations and Foreign Policy, Post-graduate student

MARITAL STATUS:

Married

Has two children

 

CAREER:

1981-1991

Assistant Professor, Deputy Dean, Kiev State University

 

1991-1993

Doctoral Student, Kiev State University

 

Sep 1993-

June 1997

First Secretary, Advisor to the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, New York

 

July 1997-

May 1999

Deputy Head, Department of Europe, North America and Japan, Foreign Policy Directorate, Administration of the President of Ukraine

 

May 1999-

Dec 1999

Deputy Head, General Foreign Policy Directorate, Administration of the President of Ukraine

 CAREER:

(cont'd)

December 1999

Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of Ukraine in Canada

 

14 August 2000

28 January 2003

Ranked Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (by Decree of the President)

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Singapore

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ALAN STANLEY COLLINS, CMG

HIGH COMMISSIONER

UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN

AND NORTHERN IRELAND

 

BORN:

1 April 1948

 

 

AGE:

54

 

 

MARITAL

Married to Ann Dorothy Roberts

STATUS:

has 1 daughter and 2 sons

 

 

CAREER:

1970

Ministry of Defence

 

 

 

 

1973-75

Private Secretary to Vice Chief of the Air Staff

 

 

 

 

1981

Desk Officer, Western European Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

 

 

 

 

1983

Desk Officer, Middle East Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

 

 

 

 

1986

First Secretary and Head of Chancery, British Embassy, Addis Ababa

 

 

 

 

1990

Counsellor (Commercial) and Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy, Manila

 

 

 

 

1993

Head of Aviation and Maritime Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

 

 

 

 

1995

Director-General of the British Trade and Cultural Office, Taipei

 

 

 

CAREER:

(cont'd)

December

1998 - 2001

HM Ambassador, Manila

 

 

 

 

March 2002

 

 

28 January 2003

Commercial attachment as Vice President (International Relations) of Shell International Ltd

High Commissioner to Singapore

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January 2003

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AJIT MAHENDRA DE SILVA JAYARATNE

HIGH COMMISSIONER

DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

 

BORN:

30 April 1940 

AGE:

62 

MARITAL

STATUS:

Married

Has two children 

EDUCATION:

BSc (Economics), University of Southampton

Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England & Wales)

Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Sri Lanka)

 

 

CAREER:

1973-1977

Director, State Development & Construction Corporation

 

 

 

 

1978

Director, Mahaweli Development Board

 

1978

Member, Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Air Ceylon

 

1980-1984

Director, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation

 

 

 

 

1981-1989

Director, People's Bank

 

1989-1994

Chairman, Finance Commission

 

 

 

 CAREER

(cont'd):

1990-1993

Chairman, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

 

1990-1994

Chairman, Colombo Stock Exchange

 

1984-1999

Chairman, Forbes & Walker Ltd

 

28 January 2003

High Commissioner to Singapore

POSITIONS HELD:

 

Director, Overseas Realty (Ceylon) Ltd

 

 

Director, Colombo Fort Land & Building Co. Ltd

 

 

Director, Lankem (Ceylon) Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

Director, E B Creasy & Co. Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

Director, Glaxo Smith Kline Beecham Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

Director, Serendib Land Ltd

 

 

Director, Lanka Ventures Ltd

 

 

Director, Sigiriya Village Hotels Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

Director, Marawila Resorts Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

Director, Colombo Investment Trust Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

Director, Colombo Fort Investment Trust Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

Chairman, Colonial Motors Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

Chairman, Board of Trustees, Musaeus College

 

 

 

 

 

Deputy Chairman, HelpAge(Lanka) Ltd

POSITIONS HELD (cont'd):

Trustee, Royal College Businessmen's & Professionals Association

NATIONAL HONOURS:

Title of "Deshabandu" conferred by His Excellency R Premadasa, President of Sri Lanka

 

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January 2003