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Menzies, Robert

Period of Service: 19/12/1949 to 26/01/1966

More information about Menzies, Robert on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 13/10/1965

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 1174

FOR PRESS P. M. No. 77/ 1965

The Prime Minister today welcomed the statement made in London on behalf of Commonwealth Governments, announcing  the appointments of Mr. Amishadai Larson Adu of Ghana and Mr. Tillak Eranga Gooneratne of Ceylon to positions of Deputy Secretary-General in the Commonwealth Secretariat.

The Commonwealth Secretariat was established at the meeting of Commonwealth Prime Ministers in London last June.

The appointment of Mr. Arnold Si; ith of Canadaas
Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Secretariat was then
announced and Mr. Smith has since taken up duty at Marlborough
House in London the headquarters of the Secretariat. It was
envisaged that Governments would make appointments to the two
positions of Deputy Secretary-General provided on the Secretariat.
The position to which Mr. Adu is appointed will have
general responsibility for international relations and administration.

Mr. Gooneratne will deal with economic matters.
Mr. Adu is a former Secretary to Cabinet in Ghana
and former Head of the Ghana Civil Service. He is currently
Regional Representative of the United Nations Technical Assistance
Board and Director of Special Fund Programmes for East Africa.
Mr. Gooneratne has served in a number of capacities
in Ceylon's Civil Service dealing mainly with economic affairs.
He is at present Deputy Secretary to the Treasury in Cuylcn.
Sir Robert Menzies said both Mr. Adu and Mr.
Gooneratne were known as experienced officers, well qualified
for the positions they would occupy in the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Both would have Australia's full support in their work.

13th October, 1965.

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