In 1995, Mr C Gunasingham set up The Indo- Pacific Institute of Studies with the intention to create awareness that the Indo-Pacific Rim is an international region, one that was then emerging within a hegemonic bi-polar centred world system. The second objective of the 1995 institute was to help develop, promote and speed private enterprise-led business links and relations between the industrialised and industrialising countries of the Pacific Rim and the developing and less developing countries of the Indo-Pacific Rim.
Mr C Gunasingham was a former High Commissioner for Sri Lanka to Singapore between 1979 and 1983 and served as an Economic Advisor to Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayawardena between 1983 and 1992. He was also a Research Fellow at Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies when he formed the Institute of Indo-Pacific Studies in 1995.
Some of his career highlights included handling Sri Lanka’s membership to the UN Security Council in 1960, represented Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Meeting in 1961 and attended successive UN General Assembly Sessions and Annual Meetings of the World Bank during his tenure as Deputy High Commissioner in London between 1975 and 1979.
As Sri Lanka’s first-ever High Commissioner to Singapore, he handled reciprocal state visits including visits by President Jayewardena and Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. In 1987, at the request of Prime Minister Lee, he gave a highly publicized interview on national television in Singapore entitled “Sri Lanka’s Search for Peace”.
In November 1996, Mr C Gunasingham held a conference in Singapore with the objective of creating general awareness of the littoral states on the Indo-Pacific oceans as ones which carried the seeds of political, economic and cultural unity. In an international system that was bipolar and euro-centric, the objective of the 1996 conference was to shed light on the importance of this emerging international region and to develop, promote and speed private enterprise-led business links and relations between the industrialized and industrializing countries of the Pacific Rim and the developing and less-developed countries of the Indo-Pacific Rim.
Mr C Gunasingham’s research and policy documents can be found here.