France honours a Sri Lankan citizen
France has honoured a Sri Lankan citizen for his long years of French government service. The title of ‘Chevalier’ is being awarded to Mr. Naganathan Veluppillai who retired from French government service in 2007 after serving as Legal Attaché for 23 years in the French Trade Commission in Bombay. The Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka, Mrs. Christine Robichon, will confer the award on him on 27th June 2011 at 7.00 p.m. at the Residence of France.
The insignia of ‘Chevalier’ finds its place in the French National Order of Merit. This award is given to French and foreign nationals for distinguished achievements.
Previous to his joining the French government service, Mr. Veluppillai served in Sri Lanka for more than 18 years in different capacities. He joined the Trincomalee Urban Council in 1966 and thereafter served in the Department of Information and the Legal Draftsman’s Department.
He is a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ceylon, Colombo and an Attorney-at-Law. He obtained the Diploma in International Relations from the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS). He was ranked first in the BCIS examination and obtained a distinction pass. He did his further studies in France in the field of International Economic Relations.
He is proficient in English, French, Tamil, Sinhala and Hindi.
Mr. Veluppillai has specialized in International Trade Law and has rendered advice to French companies in this field. Further, he has acquired a high level of proficiency in the French language. He has distinguished himself by having authored a number of publications in French in the form of books and articles. His latest work of 412 pages in French relating to the foreign investment law in India, published in 2007, has received acclaim from French companies as well as the French government. He has also participated in several trade seminars in France.