The Department of National Planning as a part of the apex Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies committed to policy development, planning and implementation, to accelerate Sri Lanka's economic growth and social progress. This Department provides a national perspective to policies, programmes and projects, in contrast to the sectoral or regional perspectives of other institutions. It is located in the Ministry of Finance Secretariat, which helps maintain close interaction with the Treasury and its Departments.


To be the most competent policy advisor and development facilitator to the nation.


Optimizing the use of country's limited resources through adopting a well-planned approach for development of policies, programmes and projects by maintaining the highest level of professionalism while continuous upgrading of the planning skills to the international standard.

Core Responsibilities

  • Assist to the formulation of National and Sectoral Policies
  • Preparation of Medium Term Investment Framework:  Public Investment Programme (PIP)
  • Project Appraisal
  • Providing observations for the Cabinet Memorandums
  • Taking the Lead to Build Sectoral Approach: Project Pipeline
  • Preparation of Planning Guidelines
  • Providing Guidance to prepare Sub- national level Development Plans
  • Decentralized Capital Budget (DCB)
  • Managing Development Partner Missions
  • Special Assignments
  • Capacity Development of Staff
  • General Administration