KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk J. Jayasiri (pic) is the new International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) secretary-general from tomorrow, replacing Tan Sri Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria.
Jayasiri, who is Miti’s deputy secretary-general (strategy and monitoring) before the promotion, is also Malaysia’s chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
The announcement was made yesterday by Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.
Jayasiri joined the civil service in 1981 as assistant secretary of the International Affairs, Primary Industries Ministry, dealing with international commodity issues.
He was later made First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of Malaysia in Geneva from 1988 to 1997, representing the country in the Uruguay Round of negotiations to establish the World Trade Organisation.
He returned to Miti in 1997 as principal assistant director (multilateral trade relations) and was subsequently director of Apec.
Jayasiri was appointed Malaysia’s senior official to Apec from 2002–2006 and went on to become senior director (bilateral and regional relations) and later, senior director of multilateral trade policy and negotiations.
He holds a degree in South-East Asian studies from Universiti Malaya and was Malaysia’s lead negotiator in the Asean-China FTA and Malaysia-Japan FTA.
Dr Ali said he was confident that Jayasiri’s knowledge, experience and credibility would enable him to do an effective job in continuing the ministry’s vision of Malaysia becoming the destination of choice for investment.
“I would also like to record the Government’s deepest appreciation of Dr Rebecca for her contributions and more than 35 years of tireless service to the civil service and nation,” he said in a statement.
Dr Rebecca, who served as Miti secretary-general since 2010, joined the ministry in 1981.