I am extremely happy that arrangements have been made to establish South Asian Academy for Good Governance SAAGG initiated by Samadeepa Samaja Kendraya Inc. affiliated to the International Council on Social welfare (ICSW) and its head quarters has been decided to be located in the historic city of Anuradhapura that inherits a culture enriched by teachings of Buddhism which is a philosophy of soulnessness. We all should praise the efforts for locating the new academy in Anuradhapura from where Buddha Dhamma was disseminated throughout the world in the past.
Civil society and good governance have become very important topics at this time. When the documents on South Asian Academy for Good Governance are studied, it appears that its main task is promoting good governance in different fields, on different subjects. It's my genuine belief that more research should be undertaken based on our history and Buddhist philosophy.
I take this opportunity to extend my warmest wishes to the South Asian Academy for Good Governance.
W. J. M. Lokubandara - MP
Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Message from the Hon. Weerasena Gamage,
Minister of Health, Indigenous Medicine,Social Welfare, Housing and Child Care
North Central Province
It's a great pleasure for me to send a message to the year book of South Asian Academy for Good Governance, Awarding diplomas, degrees, doctorates and other academic titles to suitable people based on their merits, experience, education, studies and research activities is a very important task.
Today good governance has become a crucial issue both at national and international levels. It's very timely that SAAGG has given first priority to this issue. I believe people belonging to different sectors of the society, such as; religious dignitaries, leaders of political parties, Trade Union activists, business leaders and civil society activists will receive benefits through this programme.
In the circumstances I wish all the best to SAAGG and request all concerned to extend their fullest co operation.
Minister of Health, Indigenous Medicine, Social Welfare, Housing and Child Care
North Central Province
Message of Greetings from Ms. Soonok Kang, Asia and Oceania Regional Coordinator,
World Association of Non Governmental Organizations.
It is a great pleasure for us at the World Association of Non -Governmental Organizations ( WANGO ) to see that Samadeepa Samaja Kendraya is taking steps towards establishment of the South Asian Academy for Good Governance (SAAGG). This will be a valuable endeavor on behalf of Sri Lanka and the world community, offering proficiency proved professional certificates, diplomas, degrees and other recognitions based on merit, work experience, studies and research activities.
We are delighted that SAAGG is focusing its attention on good governance as the first priority. We share this concern at the global level and wish to support it in whatever way possible. Misuse of public funds has become a threat to social peace today and this problem has to be addressed properly and with due diligence.
In this context, SAAGG will be an ideal effort, which can produce very good results promoting peace, social justice, accountability, transparency,
democracy and social responsibility. It is not only the governments that should be concerned about governance. But all families, individuals, private enterprises, organizations and institutions should be concerned about this issue. SAAGG has focused its attention on different stakeholders in governance. Therefore it is clear that the new academy will go a long way with successful results working for the sake of others.
I convey my warmest greetings to Samadeepa Samaja Kendraya dedicated to initiate this great effort and wish every success in the programme.
Asia and Oceania Regional Coordinator,
World Association of Non Governmental Organizations
Message From the Speaker of Parliament, the Hon. W. J. M. Lokubandara MP