Sri Lanka ministry functions reshuffled
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s new government has reshuffled functions of the newly appointed cabinet of ministers with all state banks and SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka being placed under Minister of Public Enterprise Development Kabir Hashim.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as Minister of National Policy and Economic Affairs will oversee the External Resources Department, Central Bank, Employees’ Provident Fund, Securities and Exchange Commission, Credit Information Bureau and Public Utilities Commission.
Wickremesinghe is also in charge of the Census and Statistics Department, National Human Resources Development Council, the National Youth Services Commission and Institute of Policy Studies.
President Maithripala Sirisena has retained the Defence, Mahaweli Development and Environment ministries.
Kabir Hashim has also got Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, Hotel Developers, Charmers Granary and all entities acquired under the Takeovers Act, including the Pelawatte and Sevanagala sugar factories.
Minister of Development Strategy and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema has got the Board of Investment, Export development Board andd Import and Export Control Department.
Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, under whom state banks were earlier, has been put in charge of 26 institutions including the Treasury, Inland Revenue Department, Customs, Sri Lanka Insurance Board and National Lotteries Board.
Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunications & Digital Infrastructure, gets Sri Lanka Telecom Ltd. and its subsidiaries and associates, and the Information and Communication Technology Agency which previously came under the Foreign Minister.
Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen has 36 institutions including the CWE (Sathosa), Laksala and Salusala.
John Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism Development & Christian Affairs, is in charge of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and Sri Lanka Convention Bureau
The Civil Aviation Authority, and Airport & Aviation Services Limited, previously under the ports and shipping minister, has been brought under Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport.
(Colombo/September 23 2015)