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NCPI based Inflation remained unchanged in June 2021

Headline inflation, as measured by the year-on-year (Y-o-Y) change in the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI, 2013=100), remained unchanged at 6.1 per cent in June 2021 due to the statistical effect of the high base prevailed in June 2020. Meanwhile, Food inflation (Y-o-Y) decreased to 9.8 per cent in June 2021 from 10.3 per cent in May 2021 and Non-Food inflation (Y-o-Y) increased to 2.9 per cent in June 2021 from 2.5 per cent in May 2021.

The NCPI, measured on an annual average basis, also remained unchanged at 5.4 per cent in June 2021.

Imposition of Administrative Penalties by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) to Enforce Compliance on Financial Institutions during the Second Quarter of 2021

By virtue of the powers vested under Section 19 (1) read together with section 19 (2) of the Financial Transactions Reporting Act, No. 06 of 2006 (FTRA), financial penalties are imposed on Institutions for non-compliance with the provisions of the FTRA. The penalty may be prescribed taking into consideration the nature and gravity of relevant non- compliance of the Financial Institution.

Accordingly, as Sri Lanka’s regulator for Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT), the FIU imposed penalties, amounting to Rs. 3.0 million in total for the period from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021 to enforce compliance on Financial Institutions. The money collected as penalties were credited to the Consolidated Fund.

Response to the Announcement made by Moody's Investors Service

Following the announcement by Moody’s Investors Service on Sri Lanka’s Sovereign rating, the Ministry of Finance has issued a response, which can be found on the link below:

Special Publication by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on “The 70 Year Journey of Currency Issue and Management”

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has published a special publication on the history of currency used in Sri Lanka, titled “The 70 Year Journey of Currency Issue and Management” co-authored by Retired Director Communications of CBSL, Ms. Shellomi H Gunawardena and Retired Senior Manager of CBSL, Mr. W M K Weerakoon.

The authors have utilized their years of experience at the Currency Department of CBSL, in compiling this publication, to be used as a reference for bankers, students, numismatists, and others who would be interested in the history pertaining to currency in Sri Lanka. The book carries attractive colour illustrations of currency notes and coins used in Sri Lanka from ancient times with historical narratives, which also provide a glimpse of the political, economic and cultural background of the country over the past 70 years.