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Sri Lanka has taken a significant step towards economic recovery as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced the approval of a $330 million disbursal. This comes as part of a $3 billion loan agreement aimed at addressing the nation’s ongoing economic crisis.

The IMF’s decision follows the successful completion of the first review of the four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) agreement, initially signed in March. However, it is essential to note that the release of funds is still pending approval by the IMF’s executive board, as per their official statement.

Sri Lanka’s financial turmoil had escalated in recent times, culminating in a $46 billion debt default by the government. This situation coincided with severe food and fuel shortages, causing widespread distress among the population. The IMF agreement is seen as a lifeline, offering much-needed support to help the nation navigate these challenging times.

Acknowledging Sri Lanka’s commitment to implementing essential economic reforms, the IMF Senior Mission Chief for Sri Lanka, Peter Breuer, and Deputy Katsiaryna Svirydzenka, commended the country’s progress. Notable achievements include a remarkable reduction in inflation, dropping from 70 percent in September of the previous year to a mere 1.3 percent by September 2023.

Furthermore, Sri Lanka has demonstrated its dedication to fiscal reform, with significant adjustments expected to yield positive results by year-end. Gross international reserves have also witnessed a substantial increase of $1.5 billion between March and June 2023. The alleviation of shortages in essential commodities is another milestone in Sri Lanka’s ongoing recovery efforts.

This agreement with the IMF offers a beacon of hope for Sri Lanka, signaling a promising future as the nation strives for economic stability and growth.

Photo (James Tasamba  , via AA)

By: Montel Kamau
Serrari Financial Analyst
21st October, 2023

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