Sri Lanka's in-principle pact with creditor nations to restructure its debt prepares the way for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to consider clearing the first review of a bailout next month, the global lender said on Thursday.The post IMF says Sri Lanka debt deal could help board clear first bailout review appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
Sri Lanka needs $100 billion to become a net zero emitter by 2040, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Tuesday, as the island also attempts to build climate change resilience while navigating its worst financial crisis in decades.The post Sri Lanka needs $100 billion to become net zero emitter by 2040, president says appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
Monday 27th November, 2023 The SJB has commenced collecting signatures for a public petition as part of a campaign to have those who are responsible for the current economic crisis stripped of their civic rights. Given public resentment, which is palpable, the SJB may be able to obtain hundreds of thousands of signatures for its […]
Sri Lanka's consumer price inflation rose to 1% in October year-on-year from 0.8% in September, the statistics department said on Tuesday.The post Sri Lankan inflation rises to 1% in October appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
Sri Lanka’s central bank chief said the government has shared the terms of a $4.2 billion China debt deal with other creditors a key sticking point with countries like India paving the way for more loans from the International Monetary Fund.The post Sri Lanka gives China deal details, keeping IMF aid on track appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
Weeks of mounting political tension have erupted into protests and bloodshed in Bangladesh, leaving the country on edge ahead of general elections due in January. Several senior opposition leaders were arrested last Sunday, a day after a massive rally against the government turned violent, resulting in the deaths of at least two opposition supporters. The rejuvenated […]
Sri Lanka's key inflation rate rose to 1.5% in October from 1.3% a month ago, the statistics department said on Tuesday.The post Sri Lanka’s key inflation rate rises to 1.5% in October appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is looking for a strong budget and narrower deficit from Sri Lanka as it seeks funding to bridge the gap between government revenue and expenditure, the IMF mission chief for the country said on Friday.The post IMF wants strong budget, narrower deficit from Sri Lanka appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
Sri Lanka's central bank resumed interest rate cuts on Thursday to boost growth and as the government seeks to lift revenue and repair its balance sheets in a bid to secure continued financial support from the International Monetary Fund.The post Sri Lanka resumes rate cuts to boost growth as inflation cools appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
The World Bank revised up its forecasts for Sri Lanka's economy on Tuesday, noting the crisis-hit nation had made strides in reducing inflation and had benefited from tourism revenue as well as an appreciation in its currency.The post World Bank boosts Sri Lanka economic forecasts after inflation progress appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
The International Monetary Fund did not reach a staff-level agreement with Sri Lanka in its first review under a $2.9bn bailout package, due to a potential shortfall in government revenue generation, Al Jazeera has reported, quoting the lender. Speaking after a two-week visit to the country, IMF delegation head Peter Breuer on Wednesday said a […]
Sri Lanka’s Minister of State for Tourism Diana Gamage announced plans to launch promotional campaigns aimed at attracting 1.5 million foreign tourists to Sri Lanka by the year’s end.The post Sri Lanka to launch campaigns to attract 1.5 million tourists – proposal to create non-sleeping cities appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
Sri Lanka is to create cities that never sleep by revising certain regulations in an attempt to boost tourism. Minister of State for Tourism Diana Gamage said that the country has plans to launch promotional campaigns aimed at attracting 1.5 million foreign tourists to Sri Lanka by the end of this year. She emphasized the […]
The Chinese spy ship ‘Shi Yan 6’ has entered the Malacca strait, bound for Colombo, amid confusion over whether Sri Lanka has granted access for the spy vessel to dock at Colombo. According to reports last month, the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry has granted Shi Yan 6 access to dock at Colombo port. However, the Sri Lankan […]
The country’s economy has contracted at the rate of 3.1% in the second quarter of 2023, according to recent data by the Census and Statistics Department. The Department in its estimated Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the second quarter of 2023, on Friday said that this economic downturn marked an improvement from the alarming 11.5% […]
Friday 15th September, 2023 Nobody dared trifle with Gotabaya Rajapaksa when he was the Defence Secretary. It was jokingly said then that he exercised 50% of President Mahinda Rjapaksa’s executive powers! Many a true word is said to be spoken in jest. Even senior Cabinet ministers used to bow and scrape before him. Never did […]
The first review of the International Monetary Fund’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Sri Lanka is slated to commence today (September 14).The post First review of IMF’s Extended Fund Facility for Sri Lanka to commence today appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
Sri Lanka has accepted offers to exchange about $10 billion worth of defaulted local debt for new bonds, the Finance Ministry said on Tuesday, taking it a step towards meeting debt restructuring requirements ahead of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) review.The post Sri Lanka announces $10 billion local bond swap deal ahead of IMF visit appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News...
Sri Lanka has repaid another US$100 million of the $200 million loan it took from Bangladesh in a currency swap agreement two years ago. “Sri Lanka has paid back $100 million to us on Thursday (31 August). Now they are expected to return the remaining $50 million in due course,” said Bangladesh Bank (BB) Spokesperson […]
Sinopec Energy Lanka, a Beijing-based leading international petroleum company, has officially commenced its business operations in Sri Lanka by starting fuel supply at its first filling station in Sri Lanka established in Mattegoda, Colombo from yesterday (August 30).The post Sinopec officially begins operations in Sri Lanka with Rs. 3 discount offer appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Br...
H.J.M Seneviratne, 63, slices through yellowed paddy stems dried out by a drought that has destroyed over 95% of his crop and is threatening crisis-hit Sri Lanka's summer rice harvest.The post Drought dents Sri Lanka’s economic hopes, farmers’ livelihood appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
KARACHI: Pakistan’s total debt and liabilities rose by 29 percent to Rs77.1 trillion in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, the central bank said on Wednesday, as the government borrowed heavily to finance its spending requirements. At the end of the last fiscal year, the country’s debt and liabilities, including domestic and foreign, […]
With the provision of additional $2 billion time deposits from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and $508 million as a guaranteed loan from China for Pakistan Air Force to inject “Dragon” multirole fighter aircraft Pakistan’s total foreign loans jumped up to $2.8 billion during the first month (July 2023) of the current fiscal year. […]
Islamabad [Pakistan], August 17 (ANI): Pakistan’s total debt and liabilities have risen by 29 per cent to Rs 56.21 trillion in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, the country’s central bank said on Wednesday. This comes as the government borrowed heavily to finance its spending requirements, as per Dawn. Pakistan’s debt and liabilities […]
Sri Lanka’s largest bilateral creditor, China, has assured the island nation its help in effectively addressing the debt challenges as it has to finalise the external and domestic debt restructuring of a whopping USD 41 billion by September before the IMF’s first review. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is set to conduct its first review […]
Chinese oil major Sinopec expects to start operations in Sri Lanka on Sept. 20 and will be allowed to sell fuel for less than the maximum retail price set by the government, Sri Lanka's power minister said on Tuesday.The post Sri Lanka says China’s Sinopec to start operations September 20 appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
The IMF will conduct the first review of the $2.9 billion bailout to Sri Lanka from September 11-19, state minister of finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said on Saturday and declared that the country has successfully fulfilled the nine conditions set by the global lender.The post IMF to conduct bailout review for Sri Lanka in September appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and T...
The Government of Sri Lanka is going to relax import restrictions imposed for lorries, trucks and buses used for public transport.The post Sri Lanka to relax import restrictions imposed on vehicles used for public transport appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
Sri Lanka said that India will be one of the closest countries to enhance investments in Sri Lanka given its proximity to the Island nation and that it wants to have a very conducive environment for investors to come and invest. In an interaction with PTI, Sri Lankan Finance Minister Shehan Semasinghe also sounded optimistic […]