Basil Rajapaksa sworn in as Minister of Finance

Basil Rajapaksa has been sworn in as the Cabinet Minister of Finance, before the President.

Issuing a statement the President’s Media Division said Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the Minister of Economic Policies and Plan Implementation before the President.

Basil Rajapaksa is also due to take oath as a Member of Parliament through the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna National List in a short while.

Meanwhile President Gotabaya Rajapaksa issued an Extraordinary Gazette, making several amendments to Ministerial portfolios.

A new Ministerial portfolio was gazetted under the title Economic Policies and Plan Implementation.

Its purview is planning and implementation of relevant policies, in order to accelerate economic development and social progress based on the National Policy Statement: “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendor”.

Five subjects and functions have been named under the portfolio while six special priorities have also been listed.

Formulation and implementation of national development programmed and projects to achieve the sustainable development goals in accordance with the policy statement, formulation of national policies, co-ordination of state, private and co-operative sectors for facilitating the private sector participation in economic development and implementation of rural and regional economic development policies and strategies have been listed under special priorities of the Ministry.

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