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The Presidential Secretariat 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.

Presidential Secretariat
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Presidential Secretariat building
Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Sri Lanka
HeadquartersOld Parliament Building, Colombo
Agency executive
WebsiteOfficial website

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 Udaya Seneviratne.[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.



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

  • Co-ordinating and reviewing the implementation of Government policy in all sectors;
  • Monitoring progress in the implementation of specific projects and programmes;
  • Addressing perceived public aspirations and grievances, and
  • Maintaining a watching brief over the nation's external relations.


The Secretariat, with the Galadari Hotel, Central Bank building and World Trade Center towers in the background

The Presidential Secretariat includes the following Divisions:

  • Agency Co-ordination Unit (ACU)
  • Chief of Staff Division (COS)
  • Citizens Services and Grievance Response Division (CSGR)
  • Constitutional and Statutory Affairs Division (CSA)
  • Electronic Media Unit (EMU)
  • Establishment & Operations Division (E&O)
  • Establishment and Human Resources Development Unit (EHRDU)
  • Financial and Accounts Division (FAD)
  • Information and Communication Technology Unit (ICT)
  • Internal Administration Unit (IAU)
  • Internal Audit (IA)
  • Legal Affairs Unit (LAU)
  • Media Co-ordination Unit (MCU)
  • Photography and Video Unit (PVU)
  • Policy Co-ordination and Monitoring Division (PCM)
  • Policy Research & Information Unit (PRIU)
  • Presidential Investigation Unit (PIU)
  • President's Fund (PF)
  • Presidents Media Division (PMD)
  • Private Secretary's Division
  • Public Services Evaluation and Social Welfare Unit (PSESW)
  • Religious Affairs Unit (RAU)
  • Secretary Bureau (SB)
  • Special Projects Unit (SPU)
  • Strategy and Perception management Unit (SPMU)
  • Trade Union Unit (TU)

Statutory institutionsEdit

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

  • Public Service Commission
  • Judicial Service Commission
  • Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration
  • Board of Management for the Superior Courts Complex
  • Cabinet Memoranda listed in the Agenda and Cabinet Conclusions
  • Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery/Corruption
  • Declarations of Assets and Liabilities

Presidential SecretariesEdit

See alsoEdit


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

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