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November 20, 2008

MFA Press Statement: Presentation of Credentials

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

(a) The High Commissioner of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka,
Her Excellency Jayathri Ranjani Samarakone

(b) The Ambassador of the Republic of Yemen,
His Excellency Abdulrahman Mohamed Hassan Alhothi

(c) The Ambassador of the Republic of Madagascar,
His Excellency Jimmy Ramiandrison

The curricula vitae of Her Excellency Jayathri Ranjani Samarakone, His Excellency Abdulrahman Mohamed Hassan Alhothi and His Excellency Jimmy Ramiandrison are attached.

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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
SINGAPORE
20 NOVEMBER 2008

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MS JAYATHRI RANJANI SAMARAKONE

HIGH COMMISSIONER TO SINGAPORE

SRI LANKA

BORN: 18 September 1953

AGE: 55

MARITAL STATUS: Single

EDUCATION: GCE Ordinary Level, 1970 - 1971

GCE Advance Level, 1974

Sri Lanka Law College (First Class Honours)

Solicitors Examination in the United Kingdom, 1980

CAREER: 1979Accountant, Sri Lanka Sugar Corporation

1981Ford Rhodes Thornton and Co (Chartered Accountants)

1982 - 1984Senior Supervisor, Coopers & Lybrand (Sri Lanka)

1 Aug 1984 - 31 Dec 1989Accountant (Credit Control), SriLankan Airlines Ltd

1 Jan 1990 -
31 May 1994Revenue Accounting Manager, SriLankan Airlines Ltd

CAREER:
(Cont'd) 1 June 1994 -
30 Sep 1995Sales Accounting Manager (Cargo), SriLankan Airlines Ltd

1 Oct 1995 -
20 Aug 2000Payments Manager, SriLankan Airlines Ltd
21 Aug 2000 -
31 Dec 2001Manager (Revenue Accounting), SriLankan Airlines Ltd

Jan 2002 -
2008Senior Manager (Revenue Accounting),
SriLankan Airlines Ltd

20 Nov 2008 to dateHigh Commissioner of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to Singapore

PROFESSIONAL
QUALIFICATIONS: Attorney-At-Law, 1979
Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, 1982

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Ms Samarakone has had numerous experiences working at SriLankan Airlines offices worldwide, including India, Indonesia, United States of America, France, Germany, Japan and Malaysia. She was in charge of finalising the accounts of these overseas offices, as well as the recruitment and training of Accounting staff. She has also attended the Annual Airline Conference held in United Arab Emirates since 2000.

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MR ABDULRAHMAN MOHAMED HASSAN ALHOTHI

AMBASSADOR TO SINGAPORE

YEMEN

BORN: 24 September 1957, Yemen

AGE: 50

MARITAL
STATUS: Married to Mrs Bushra Ali Saif Al-Khowlani
Has one daughter and one son

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in Law and Politics, Baghdad University, 1979

Foreign Service Programme, Oxford University, UK, 1986 - 1987

CAREER: 1979Diplomatic Attaché, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1981 - 1985Diplomatic Attaché then Third Secretary, Embassy of Yemen, Japan

1987 - 1995First Secretary then Minister Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Yemen, Japan

1995 - 1996Charge d'Affaires a.i., Embassy of Yemen, Japan

1996 - 2003Ambassador of Yemen to Japan, resident in Tokyo

2003Head, Asia and Australia Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

CAREER:
(Cont'd) Nov 2005 -to dateAmbassador of Yemen to Indonesia, resident in Jakarta
Nov 2006 -to dateAmbassador of Yemen to Australia, resident in Jakarta
20 Nov 2008 to dateAmbassador of Yemen to Singapore, resident in Jakarta

LANGUAGES: Arabic, English

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MR JIMMY RAMIANDRISON

AMBASSADOR TO SINGAPORE

MADAGASCAR

BORN: 13 January 1968, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar

AGE: 40

MARITAL STATUS: Married to Mrs Eliane Ramiandrison

EDUCATION: Baccalauréat Série C, Lycée J J Rabearivelo, Madagascar, 1983 - 1987

Diplôme Supérieur Spécialisé en Sciences Comptables (DSSC), Institut National des Sciences Comptables et de l'Administration d'Entreprises (INSCAE), Madagascar, 1989 - 1991

Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures en Sciences Comptables Approfondies (DESCA), INSCAE, Madagascar, 1992 - 1993

Master of Business Administration, Georgia State University, USA, 1996 - 1997

CAREER: Apr 1992 -
Feb 1993 Administrative & Financial Manager, Machinisme Agricole Fabrication Industrielle (MAFI)

May 1993 -
Dec 1995 Administrative & Financial Manager, Société 3E (Eléctricité Electronique Equipement)

Jan 1996 -
Sep 1997 Freelance Consultant working for local and international consulting and audit firms
CAREER:
(Cont'd) Sep 1997 -
Jul 1998 Administrative & Financial Manager, Société 3E (Eléctricité Electronique Equipement)

Jul 1998 -
Nov 2001 Representative of Africa America Institute (AAI) in Madagascar

Jun 1999 -
Sep 2004Consultant and Managing Director, Management Consulting Services (MCS)

Sep 2004 -
Oct 2007Chief Executive Officer, Assurances Réassurances Omnibranches (ARO)

Feb 2008 -
to date
Ambassador of Madagascar to Japan, resident in Tokyo
20 Nov 2008
to date
Ambassador of Madagascar to Singapore, resident in Tokyo

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: Board Member of ADEMA, INTERCECAM, SACIMEM, TANY MEVA, Business Partners International

Chairman of FIARO (a venture capital company)

Chairman of MADAGASCAR BAMBOO (an export processing zone company specializing in bamboo transformation)

LANGUAGES: English and French

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