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director general
Mr. R.M.P. Ratnayake
Director General, External Resources Department

Mr. Rathnayake holds a Master's Degree and a postgraduate diploma in Agriculture & Natural Resources Management from Agricultural University, Norway (2000) and B.Sc.(Special) degree in Agriculture (1992) from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He is currently holding the position of Director General, Department of External Resources, Ministry of National Policies & Economic Affairs and has been in the public service for almost 23 years.

Mr. Rathnayake joined then Ministry of Finance and Planning as an Assistant Director, belonging to the Sri Lanka 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. He has promoted as a Deputy Director and subsequently as the Director in-charge of Human Development Cluster. In January 2011, he has assumed duties as the Director in-charge of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Division of the External Resources Department (ERD) which is responsible for mobilizing ADB 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 appointed as an Additional Secretary in the Ministry of National Policies & Economic Affairs in February 2015 and as DG/ERD again in May 2015. In the capacity of DG/ERD, Mr. Ratnayake is responsible for coordinating with development partners and mobilizing of foreign financing for development projects, engage with bilateral negotiations and facilitate timely disbursement of foreign financing.

Apart from holding office at the Department of External Resources, he also serves in the following positions -

  • Alternate Director - Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Beijing, PRC
  • Member, National Medicine Regulatory Authority

Other Significant Positions held:

  • Director of the People’s Bank, a leading state bank in Sri Lanka  
  • Director, National Savings Bank, Sri Lanka
  • Member of the Board of Management of the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM), University of Colombo, institute that is responsible for the specialist training of Medical doctors
  • 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
  • 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
  • Member of the Governing Council of the University of Vocational Training, A state University responsible for technical and Vocational training
  • 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.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka from January 2006 to April 2010.
  • Member of the Advisory Board to the Science and Technology Policy Research Division of the National Science Foundation from May 2005.

Professional Record:

  • Member of the Sri Lanka Economic Association-(Sri Lanka Economic Association, 275/75, Prof. Stanley Wijeesundara Mawatha, Colombo 07.)
  • Visiting Consultant/ lecturer of the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) since 2007.


  • “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.
  • “How could the Agriculture sector achieve a ten percent growth rate in the near future?”, Daily news, Friday 20th June 2003.
  • 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.
  • Landslides and Environmental refugees: An assessment of landslides and related phenomena with special reference to soil management practices in Sri Lanka. May 1999. (unpublished).
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