M.M.M Rishafy (Sri Lanka)

Master of International Customs Law & Administration – 2011

Current Job Position: Deputy Director in Sri Lanka Customs

The units that I have followed in MICLA greatly enhanced my knowledge in the respective fields especially in the international arena thereby enabling me to apply the knowledge and skills I have gained in my day to day work. This also has enhanced more interaction with CCES and other Alumni enabling me to obtain valuable insight into the latest methods and applications in these fields in Australia and other countries. Being a longstanding member of the resource person’s panel in Sri Lanka Customs and being a WCO accredited trainer in Customs valuation the knowledge acquired through MICLA has helped me to enhance the substance and quality in the capacity building activities.

Currently I am working as Deputy Director (Central Valuation) also covering up duties of the Deputy Director Automatic data processing .I have had nearly 35 years of experience in all areas of Customs work. I have obtained the Masters in International Customs Law and administration from the CCES ,university of Canberra in 2011.My first degree was Bachelor in Development studies with a second class upper division honours in 1978.I am also a holder of a degree in Law (LLB) from the open university of Sri Lanka and a qualified attorney at Law.

Being a WCO accredited trainer in Customs valuation for the Asia Pacific region I have conducted   seminars under the Direction of WCO ROCB on implantation of WTO valuation agreement in Mongolia and Sri Lanka with co facilitators from ROCB A/P and the Japanese Customs. Currently I am also working as a tutor for CCES at the Post graduate institute of management in Sri Lanka. I am a member of the national customs valuation committee from the inception of the committee in 2003.I have been attending many technical committee meetings on Customs valuation in WCO Brussels representing my country. I have also been nominated to attend the next technical committee meeting to be held on Customs valuation in WCO Brussels from 15th to 19th October 2012.

Apart from Customs valuation I have also attended many international seminars and conferences in other areas customs work such as risk management, H.S classification, Trade Facilitation, AEO programmes etc.

My interests are my family, travelling, meeting new people, reading and watching sports.