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Deputy Secretaries to the Treasury

Mr. R.M.P Rathnayake - Deputy Secretary to the Treasury, Ministry of Finance

Mr. R.M.P Rathnayake assumed duties as Deputy Secretary to the Treasury on 08th January 2020 is a Special Grade officer in the Sri Lanka Planning Service and has been in the public service for almost 25 years in various positions. Mr.Ratnayake joined the public service as an Assistant Director belonging to the Planning Service in 1994. He was attached to the Department of National Planning, which is the apex government institution responsible for development planning and preparation of National Development Plans. 

In January 2011, he was appointed as the Director in-charge of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Division of the External Resources Department (ERD) which is responsible for mobilizing foreign financing for economic development of the country. Subsequently he has been promoted as the Additional Director General and then as the Director General of the ERD, he was responsible for coordinating with development partners, lending agencies and capital market to mobilize foreign financing for development projects, engage with bilateral negotiations and facilitate timely disbursement of foreign financing. He has gained vast experience in multilateral development banking as an Alternate Executive Director to the newly established Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank located in Beijing, China representing Sri Lankan government. Also served as an Additional Secretary in the Ministry of National Policies & Economic Affairs from February to May 2015 and appointed as DG/ERD again in May 2015.

Other Significant Positions held:

      1. 1. Alternate Director - Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Beijing, PRC.

        2. Chairman, National Savings Bank, Sri Lanka.

        3. Member, National Medicine Regulatory Authority, which regulates medicines, medical devices, borderline products, clinical trials, and cosmetics.

        4. Director, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.

        5. Director, Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management.

        6. Director of the People’s Bank, a leading state bank in Sri Lanka.

        7. Member of the Board of Management of the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM), University of Colombo institute that is a responsible for the specialist training of Medical doctors.

        8. Member of the Board of Directors of the National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka, which is the main state sponsored organization mandated for the task of development of the aquaculture and inland fisheries sector.

        9. Member of the Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (CAARP). CAARP advises the government on all matters regarding organization, planning and excusing of agricultural research.

        10. Member of the Governing Council of the University of Vocational Training, A state University responsible for technical and Vocational training.

        11. Member of the Board of Directors of the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation of Sri Lanka (SPC) from January 2006 to April 2010. SPC has been the sole supplier of Pharmaceuticals, surgical consumable items, laboratory chemicals and equipment to all public health institutions.

        12. Member of the Board of Directors of the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka from January 2006 to April 2010.

        13. Member of the Advisory Board to the Science and Technology Policy Research Division of the National Science Foundation from May 2005.

Professional Record:

      1. 1. Member of the Sri Lanka Economic Association-(Sri Lanka Economic Association, 275/75, Prof. Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha, Colombo 07.).

        2. Visiting Consultant/ lecturer of the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) since 2007.


      1. 1. “In search of Knowledge City- A Vision to be realized”, Daily news, Friday 30th July 2010. This article focuses on some important aspects relating to the challenging task of transforming Sri Lanka in to a Knowledge Hub.

        2. “How could the Agriculture sector achieve a ten percent growth rate in the near future?”, Daily news, Friday 20th June 2003.

        3. An assessment of resource management competence of major irrigation systems in Sri Lanka: A study of bureaucracy - community interface in the Ridibendi Ela scheme. June 2000.

        4. Landslides and Environmental refugees: An assessment of landslides and related phenomena with special reference to soil management practices in Sri Lanka. May 1999. (unpublished).

    1. Mr. S. Fernando - Deputy Secretary to the Treasury, Ministry of Finance

Mr.Saman Fernando is a special grade officer in the Sri Lanka Administrative Service.  He joined the Sri Lanka Administrative Service in 1991. With over 25 years of experience in the public service, he has held various executive level positions in a number of ministries and departments. During his tenure, he has worked in the Department of Public Enterprise and the Department of Management Services, under General Treasury. He has also served in the Ministry of Finance as the Director General of Human Resources.

Mr. Saman Fernando has gained his first degree in Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Kelaniya. He also obtained a law degree from the Open University. In 2003, he took oath as an Attorney at Law. He holds MA in Financial Economics from University of Colombo and Postgraduate Diploma in Information Management from SLIIT.