Reserve Bank of India provides $400 m to Sri Lanka’s foreign reserves

9 January 2019 - 91   - 0

Sri Lanka's Central Bank on Wednesday announced that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has agreed to provide US$400 million under a swap arrangement to enhance the country’s foreign reserves and investor confidence.

The RBI has agreed to provide this sum to Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CB) under its SAARC SWAP facility.

The CB has also requested a further bilateral SWAP arrangement of $1 billion between the RBI and CBSL which is under consideration.

The RBI’s very rapid and timely assistance will serve to boost investor confidence by supporting Sri Lanka to maintain an adequate level of external reserves while accommodating outflows related to imports, debt servicing and, if necessary, support for the currency to avoid disorderly adjustment, the CB statement said.

The CB acknowledged the very active role played by the Government of India, the Sri Lankan High Commission, in Delhi, and the Indian High Commission, in Colombo, in facilitating these arrangements.

With the end of the delays related to the political developments in the country, the Government of Sri Lanka and the CB have also already revived action to: (1) issue international sovereign bonds; (ii) obtain term loans; and (iii) negotiate credit lines through the state banks on behalf of the Government.

It is expected that these operations will be completed in 1Q 2019. In addition, Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Finance and Mass Media will be visiting Washington (January 14 – 16) to resume negotiations with the IMF on the Extended Fund Facility, the CB said. (Bandula)


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