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Central Bank approved more than Rs. 60 billion working capital loans to COVID-19 affected businesses

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) approved 22,306 loans amounting to Rs. 60,250 million under the Saubagya COVID-19 renaissance facility as of 10th July 2020 with the approval given for 2,066 new loans, amounting to Rs. 6,978 million during the week ended on 10th July 2020. The licensed banks had already disbursed Rs. 30,528 million among 13,333 borrowers island-wide as of 9th July 2020. 

Monetary Policy Review - July 2020

The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, at its meeting held on 08 July 2020, decided to reduce the Standing Deposit Facility Rate (SDFR) and the Standing Lending Facility Rate (SLFR) of the Central Bank by 100 basis points each, to 4.50 per cent and 5.50 per cent, respectively. The Board arrived at this decision with a view to inducing a further reduction in market lending rates, thereby encouraging the financial system to aggressively enhance lending to productive sectors of the economy, which would reinforce support to COVID-19 hit businesses as well as to the broader economy, given conditions of subdued inflation.

Committee to Inquire into and Report on the Irregularities and Illegal Activities of the Finance and Finance Leasing Businesses

In view of the recent developments in the finance leasing business, the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka appointed a three member committee to examine and report on the irregularities and illegal activities of the finance and finance leasing businesses, and to make recommendations to curtail such activities.

CBSL Commences the Process of Developing a Blockchain Technology based Know-Your-Customer Proof of Concept

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) entered into agreements to begin the process of developing Blockchain Technology Based Shared Know-Your-Customer (KYC) proofs of concept (POCs) on 7 July 2020. CBSL identified the potential benefit for Sri Lanka’s financial services in 2018 and initiated an inter-industry study of Blockchain Technology, with the voluntary participation of the banks as well as the IT industry. CBSL decided to pave the way for Blockchain Technology based financial service solutions in Sri Lanka developing a Shared  KYC solution. The CBSL advertised inviting companies with experience in developing Blockchain Technology based solutions for Shared KYC to join this project on a voluntary basis. Upon receiving a number of applications, the CBSL selected three applicants to develop POCs concurrently.