Professor WD Lakshman has announced officially that he will be stepping down as the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, next week.
He is expected to vacate his post on the 14th of September.
WD Lakshman made this announcement during a media briefing being held in Colombo this afternoon.
The Central Bank said he was planning on retiring from the post next month but due to incidents and certain matters that unfolded in the past week, he decided to step down from the post on Tuesday.
Professor WD Lakshman said he worked tirelessly to achieve the goals set for the country as the Governor.
He noted however due to certain environmental and human interference that were beyond his control, they couldn’t achieve certain results.
Professor WD Lakshman also confirmed that he received an attractive offer to take up a post at the International Monetary Board.
He said however, he will not take up the post at the IMF and will continue his academic activities.
Professor Lakshman was appointed to the post in 2019 and is the 15th Governor of the Central Bank.
Meanwhile, several government sources have indicated that State Minister of Money & Capital Market and State Enterprise Reforms Ajith Nivard Cabraal will be re-appointed as the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
However, State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal has not confirmed or denied the reports that he will step down as a Member of Parliament and return to the Central Bank as the Governor.
During a recent Cabinet Media Briefing, Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Ramesh Pathirana said the government has not arrived at a final decision on the matter.
Ajith Nivard Cabraal was the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka from July, 2006 to the 9th of January 2015.