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Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs

Vasantha Senanayake was appointed State Minister of Foreign Affairs in June 2017.
Having entered Parliament in 2010 he was made the Deputy Minister of Wild Life and Sports in 2014 by the United National Party. In this portfolio he actively pursued action on environmental and wildlife issues particularly poaching, deforestation and the illegal trade of young elephants.
In 2015 he was re-elected to Parliament with more than 75,000 preference votes from the District of Polonnaruwa in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka and appointed as the State Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management. He spearheaded many projects in the area of irrigation and water resources management including rehabilitating much of the ancient irrigation networks.
Mr. Senanayake has served as the Chairman of many Government boards namely National Lotteries Board, Water Resources Board and Janatha Fertilizer Enterprises Limited and is the present Chairman of the District Development Council of his District.
His early education was at St. Thomas Preparatory School, Colombo where he displayed leadership qualities, being appointed the Head Prefect in his senior year. He read law and earned a LLB Degree from the University of Buckingham (UK) in 1995 followed by a LLM Degree from Kotalawela Defence University, Sri Lanka.

  • Personal Details

  • Full Name
    Vasantha Naresh Parakrama Senanayake
  • He is the great grandson of the first Prime Minister of Sri Lanka-Rt. Hon. D.S. Senanayake and the grand nephew of Prime Minister Hon. Dudley Senanayake.

    Apart from his official duties, Mr. Senanayake has been a vocal campaigner in gender rights and women’s empowerment issues. He has also taken great interest in diaspora engagement activities. He has been an avid campaigner to limit the industries of tobacco and alcohol and bring about more stringent regulations including a recently implemented pictorial warning on cigarette packets. He has also implemented sanitation projects in the rural areas of Polonnaruwa, which also involves building of public toilets and securing clean drinking water.

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    State Minister Vasantha Senanayake assumed duties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, today, 2 June 2017.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Colombo
    2nd June 2017

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    Designation Name of the Officer Office Number Fax Email
    State Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Vasantha Senanayake, M.P +94112328040

    +94112338676

    +94112389484 vasantha.senanayake@mfa.gov.lk
    Private Secretary to the State Minister of Foreign Affairs Mrs. Sherine Ameresekere +94112 473 540 +94112389484 sherine.ameresekere@mfa.gov.lk
    Public Relations Officer Ms. Indhi Wijeratne             – +94112389484 indhi.wijeratne@mfa.gov.lk
    Media  Secretary to the State Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ananada Jayasinghe +94112437634 +94112389484                          –
    Assistant Director Mr. G.S.H. Mendis +94112337020 +94112389484 suminda.mendis@mfa.gov.lk
    PA to the Bureau Ms R. Wijayanayake +94112328040 +94112389484 smfa.bureau@mfa.gov.lk