Hailing from one of the most eminent political families of the Southern Province and with over 4 decades of experience in the Sri Lankan political arena, the Minister of Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa has been and still continues to be a major driving force behind rebuilding a peaceful Sri Lanka.
As the Senior Advisor to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Basil Rajapaksa has often been behind the scenes yet always a force to be reckoned with. A skilled diplomat, Minister Basil Rajapaksa’s skills guaranteed the safety and freedom of his people during times of ethnic conflict. He is renowned as a brilliant strategist and meticulous planner and was the select choice of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on leading the task of rebuilding and developing the country to its former glory and beyond, post the country’s victory over the LTTE – one of the most ruthless terrorist organisations in the world. He was designated with the formidable task of resettling the thousands of innocent Tamil citizens liberated from the clutches of the LTTTE, the Negenahira Udanaya and Uthuru Wasanthaya is under his guardianship, even the Gama Neguma, Maga Neguma and Jathika Saviya programmes are all overlooked by Minister Basil Rajapaksa with steadfast results materialising. Under his charge the war ravaged North is reawakening, the displaced populace is being given back their homes, demining is in process and concrete and carpeted roads, flyovers and bridges are connecting the country.
Never seeking the limelight, Minister Basil Rajapaksa’s entry into Parliament was on the grounds of his inability to refuse a request by the President. And as a Member of Parliament, Minister Basil Rajapaksa has been delivering in all matters under his jurisdiction. Depended on by the President as a brother, advisor and a strength unmovable, trustworthy and reliable in every aspect, Basil Rajapaksa holds diverse portfolios in the field of politics and is committed to what he does, he is a champion for his people and country, modest and hardworking.
He is also an unwaveringly loving husband and father of three, a dedicated brother and friend. A simple man at his core Basil Rajapaksa is solely focused on tirelessly working for his country. He has dedicated his life and abilities, uncanny acumen and proficiency to his nation, as the Minister of Economic Development he looks forward to lead the rebuilding of Sri Lanka to bring out the true splendour of his motherland as the Wonder of Asia.