Presidential Secretariat

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Presidential Secretariat
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Agency overview
Formed1978
Jurisdiction Government of Sri Lanka
Headquarters Old Parliament Building, Colombo
Agency executive
Website Official website
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The Presidential Secretariat (Sinhala: ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය; janādhipati lēkam kāryālaya) is the office of the President of Sri Lanka. It provides the administrative and institutional framework for the exercise of the duties, responsibilities and powers vested in the President by the Constitution. The Presidential Secretariat is located in the Old Parliament Building in Colombo.

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The head of the Presidential Secretariat is the Secretary to the President (also known as the President's Secretary), who is ex officio the most senior civil servant and head of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service. The current President's Secretary is P. B. Jayasundera. [1] The post as its roots from the post of Secretary to the Governors of Ceylon and there after the Secretary to the Governor-General of Ceylon.

Duties

President's Office will be concerned with the following aspects of governance:-

Divisions

The Secretariat, with the Galadari Hotel, Central Bank building and World Trade Center towers in the background View of Colombo galle face.JPG
The Secretariat, with the Galadari Hotel, Central Bank building and World Trade Center towers in the background

The Presidential Secretariat includes the following Divisions:

Statutory institutions

The following institutions fall within the purview of the Secretary to the President;

Presidential Secretaries

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References

  1. De Alwis, Nathasha (6 Jul 2018). "Udaya Seneviratne assumes duties as Secretary to the President". News1st/Maharaja Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 6 July 2018.