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Rohitha Bogollagama

Rohitha Bogollagama
Rohitha Bogollagama at the Shangri-La Dialogue in 2007
Cabinet Minister of Foreign Affairs
Sri Lanka
In office
28 January 2007 – 8 April 2010
President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Preceded by Mangala Samaraweera
Succeeded by G. L. Peiris
Cabinet Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion
In office
23 November 2005 – 28 January 2007
President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Succeeded by Sarath Amunugama
Cabinet Minister of Advanced Technology and National Enterprise
In office
18 November 2004 – 23 November 2005
President Chandrika Kumaratunga
Minister of Industries of Sri Lanka
In office
12 December 2001 – 12 February 2004
President Chandrika Kumaratunga
Succeeded by Anura Bandaranaike
Personal details
Born (1954-08-06) 6 August 1954 (age 59)
Nikaweratiya, North Western Province, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lanka Sri Lankan
Political party Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Other political
United National Party
Spouse(s) Deepthi Bogollagama
(née Samarakone)
Children Dhakshitha, Dilshani
Residence 40 / 13, Longdon Place,
Colombo 07, Sri Lanka
Alma mater Ananda College, Colombo
Sri Lanka Law College
Profession Lawyer
Religion Buddhist

Chandrasekera Rohitha Bandara Bogollagama (born 6 August 1954) (known as Rohitha Bogollagama) (Sinhala: රෝහිත බෝගොල්ලාගම, Tamil: ரோகித போகோல்லாகம) is a former Sri Lankan politician and was the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 28 January 2007 until he was defeated in the General Elections held on 8 April 2010, losing his seat in parliament.[1][2] He had a long career in law running from 1976 to 1999, before being elected to the Sri Lankan parliament in 2000.

Early life

Born in Nikaweratiya, North Western Province, to Chandrasekera Malala Banda Bogollagama (former Chairman, National Lotterys Board from 1966 to 1970) and Vinitha Bogollagama (née Senerath), he is one of their five children.[3] Bogollagama attended Ananda College in Colombo and later the Sri Lanka Law College, passing out in 1976. He was called to the Bar and enrolled as Attorney-at-Law by the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in October 1976.

Legal career

Bogollagama's career in law ran for nearly thirty years, and included serving as legal consultant to the Ceylon Fertiliser Corporation from 1985 to 1993, and legal advisor to the United States government-run Voice of America from 1991 to 1999. He was also Chairman of the Sri Lanka Cement Corporation and Chairman and Director General of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka.

Political career

As a member of the United National Party, Bogollagama was elected to parliament in 2000 for Kurunegala District, and served the Parliamentary Consultative Committees on Finance, Foreign Affairs, Defence, Industrial Development & Investment Promotion, and Power & Energy. On 12 December 2001, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appointed him Minister of Industries.[4] As minister he initiated the "Yuga Dekma", a large industrial fair, in 2002. In 2004 president Chandrika Kumaratunga dissolved parliament and removed non-cabinet ministers on 12 February.

While in opposition in 2004, he was appointed by a unanimous decision to serve as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), an oversight committee of parliament responsible for accountability of public enterprises.[5]

Bogollagama switched political allegiance on 18 November 2004, siding with the United People's Freedom Alliance; the President swore him in as the Cabinet Minister of Advanced Technology and National Enterprise Development on the same day.[6]

He became the Minister of Enterprise and Development on 23 November 2005.[7] As Minister, he argued in favour of returning Sri Lanka to GMT +05:30 time, which was the official time before 1996.[8] He represented the government of Sri Lanka at two rounds of peace talks with the LTTE at Geneva in 2006.[2]

He was defeated in the General Elections held on 8 April 2010, losing his seat in parliament and was not reappointed the cabinet.

Foreign Affairs Career

Bogollagama was acclaimed for the diplomacy he demonstrated when engaging with the international community on promoting investment, tourism, trade and strengthening diplomatic relations, which he did in a constructive and consistent basis as Cabinet Minister of Foreign Affairs.


He is married to Deepthi Samarakone, they have children Dhakshitha a BBM graduate in Finance from the Singapore Management University, Singapore and Dilshani Bogollagama a Medical student at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.

See also


External links

  • ‘Maha Sangha’s blessings help people to lead exemplary lives’
  • Sri Lanka has clear foreign policy
Political offices
Preceded by
Minister of Industries of Sri Lanka
12 December 2001–12 February 2004
Succeeded by
Anura Bandaranaike
Preceded by
Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion of Sri Lanka
23 November 2005–28 January 2007
Succeeded by
Sarath Amunugama
Preceded by
Mangala Samaraweera
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka
28 January 2007– 8 April 2010
Succeeded by
Prof. G. L. Peiris

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