(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Former Senior Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe is set to take over as the new Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, BBC News reports.
Speaking to the BBC, Dr. Weerasinghe has stated that he was invited to accept the post and that he agreed to it.
Accordingly, Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe is scheduled to assume duties on Thursday (07), BBC News reports.
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has not yet made an official announcement on Dr. Weerasinghe’s appointment. A spokesman for the bank told the BBC that it is waiting for confirmation from the President.
Commenting on Twitter about the appointment of a new governor, Samagi Jana Balawegaya parliamentarian and economist Dr. Harsha de Silva said the SJB is ready to support the new Governor to undertake reforms including the IMF program to stabilize Sri Lanka’s economy.
“We welcome Dr Nandalal Weerasinghe to Central Bank of Sri Lanka. We are ready to extend our support him to undertake reforms including IMF program to stabilize Sri Lanka economy assuming President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will replace the entire Monetary Board,” he said.
Dr. Weerasinghe was promoted to the position of a Deputy Governor on 27 September, 2011 while he was serving as an Alternate Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund. He has a Ph.D. and Master’s Degree in Economics from the Australian National University and a B.Sc. Degree from the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka.