Trade Ministry Secretary removed, new appointment brought in

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Secretary to the Ministry of Trade J. M. B. Jayawardana has been removed from office with immediate effect.

The decision has been reportedly taken by the President.

In addition to being the Secretary to the Trade Ministry, Jayawardana has been the Chairman of a number of institutions as well as a member of the Board of Directors of several other institutions.

It is reported that former Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardena has repeatedly called for Jayawardana’s removal as the secretary.

Subsequently, Neel Bandara Hapuhinna has been appointed as the new Secretary to the Ministry.