Ravi Karunanayake

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Background

Ravi Karunanayake (born in 1963) completed his school education at St. Thomas' Preparatory School, Kollupitiya and Royal College, Colombo.[1]He is a member of the Parliament from the Colombo district since 1994 representing the United National Party (UNP), one of the two main political parties in Sri Lanka.[2]

Image 1: Ravi Karunanayake. Source: Daily News[3]

Political/Government Positions held

  • Minister of Power, Energy and Business Development – December 2018 to November 2019[4]
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs - May 2017 to August 2017[5]
  • Minister of Finance -2015 to 2017[6]
  • Cabinet Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs -2001 to 2004[7]

Tobacco Related Activities

Meeting the All Ceylon Cigarette Tobacco Barn Owners' Association

In March 2017, members of the All Ceylon Cigarette Tobacco Barn Owners' Association met the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake to lobby him against the government’s tobacco cultivation elimination plan (Image 2).[8] For more details visit the page All Ceylon Cigarette Tobacco Barn Owners' Association.

Image 2: Members of the All Ceylon Cigarette Tobacco Barn Owners' Association meet the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake [8]

Proposing a request for LKR 500 Million from the Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) for tobacco and drug control in Sri Lanka

During his presentation of the budget proposals for 2017, Minister Karunanayake proposed to obtain “a donation” of LKR 500 million from the Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) to fund the Presidential Task Force for Drug Prevention (PTFDP). PTFDP, managed by the President’s Secretariat and funded by the Presidential Funds, is a main stakeholder in tobacco control in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) is the British American Tobacco (BAT) subsidiary that holds the monopoly of manufacturing and trading cigarettes in Sri Lanka. The proposal was publicly criticised based on the claim that it was a direct violation of Articles 13 and 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).[9][10]For more details visit FCTC Article 13: Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship.

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Notes

  1. Sunday Observer. 'We were made for each other', 09 March 2008, Accessed June 2020
  2. Parliament of Sri Lanka. Karunananyake Undated, Accessed April 2019
  3. Daily News. Making SL self sufficient in Sugar, 20 October 2019, Accessed August 2019
  4. Ministry of power energy and Business Development. Website, Undated, Accessed on April 2019
  5. Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Website Undated, Accessed on April 2019
  6. Ministry of Finance. Website, Undated, Accessed on April 2019
  7. Wikiwand. Ravi Karunananayake Undated, Accessed on April 2019
  8. 8.0 8.1 Daily FT. All Ceylon Cigarette Tobacco Barn Owners take plight to Ravi K 31 March 2017, Accessed December 2018
  9. K. Hettiarachchi. Budget under fire for offer to CTC, The Sunday Times, 13 November 2016, Accessed on April 2019
  10. Department of Government Information. Budget speech 2017 by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, 11 November 2016, Accessed on April 2019