CHOGM 2013: Clifford Dodd’s massive contribution to the Commercial Service of Radio Ceylon (SLBC)

Vernon Corea 1927-2002

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will fly into Sri Lanka to attend CHOGM 2013 – the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo from 10th – 17th November 2013. Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be flying into a country where a fellow Australian did so much for broadcasting in Sri Lanka. This great Australian is Clifford Dodd who was a first class radio administrator. Clifford Dodd was sent to Ceylon under the Colombo Plan.

The Colombo Plan is a regional organization that embodies the concept of collective inter-governmental effort to strengthen economic and social development of member countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The primary focus of all Colombo Plan activities is on human resources development.

Formally, the organization was born out of a Commonwealth Conference of Foreign Ministers, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in January 1950. At this meeting, a plan was established to provide…

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