Deshal de Mel to get top adviser post in Finance Ministry

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A team of World Bank experts has arrived in Sri Lanka to strengthen the Government institutional framework, in relation to the upcoming International Monetary Fund balance of payments support programme, a senior official of the Ministry of Finance told Finance Today. “They will invest in Sri Lanka’s learning and knowledge-sharing process to strengthen institutions and gives individuals the skills they need to problem-solve, innovate, educate, and harness productive potential of societies,” he said.

They have agreed to recruit an external economist under the World Bank funding provisions to strengthen the institutional framework of the Ministry of Finance.

Steps will be taken to appoint economist Deshal de Mel as a special adviser to the Ministry.

In addition, an Advisory Council consisting of the Central Bank and the Ministry of Finance and two other external advisers will be appointed to provide advisory services to the Cabinet on Public Investment and Financial Management.

By Ishara Gamage