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The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka - USD 2.0 billion International Sovereign Bond Offering

On June 24th, 2019, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (“CBSL”), on behalf of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (“Sri Lanka”), returned to the U.S. dollar bond markets, successfully pricing a new issuance of U.S.$500 million 5-year and U.S.$1.5 billion long 10-year Senior Unsecured Fixed Rate Bonds (the “Bonds”) with maturity dates of June 28th, 2024 and March 28th, 2030, respectively. The Bonds have been rated ‘B2’, ‘B’ and ‘B’ by Moody’s Investors Service, Standard and Poor’s and Fitch Ratings, respectively.

Sri Lanka Launches its National Card Scheme

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka together with LankaClear (Pvt) Ltd., ( LCPL) achieved a significant milestone in the country’s payment landscape by launching the National Card Scheme (NCS). NCS, will be operated by LCPL in partnership with the international payment card operator JCB International of Japan. Initially, a debit card will be issued under this card scheme. Additionally, the NCS cards will be accepted across over 4,800 ATMs Island wide connected to LankaPay network to facilitate cash withdrawals. 

Inflation in May 2019

Headline inflation as measured by the year-on-year change in the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI, 2013=100) decreased to 3.5 per cent in May 2019 from 3.6 per cent in April 2019 due to the high base prevailed in the corresponding month of the previous year. Meanwhile, in May 2019, year-on-year Food and Non-food inflation recorded -0.4 per cent and 6.7 per cent respectively.

The change in the NCPI measured on an annual average basis increased marginally to 2.0 per cent in May 2019 from 1.9 per cent in April 2019.

When monthly change is considered, the NCPI increased by 1.1 per cent in May 2019 with the increases observed in the prices of the items in both Food and Non-food categories. Within the Food category, prices of vegetables, fresh fish, limes, potatoes and milk powder recorded increases. In addition, within the Non-Food category, prices of the items in Transport; Health; and Recreation and Culture sub-categories increased during the month.

The National Launch of the Roadmap for Sustainable Finance in Sri Lanka and a High-Level Seminar for Senior Officers of Financial Institutions and Stakeholders

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka launched the Roadmap for Sustainable Finance in Sri Lanka and hosted a high-level seminar for senior officers of Financial Institutions and Stakeholders on 19 June 2019 at The Atrium of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Colombo. This was the National Launch of the Roadmap for Sustainable Finance which was unveiled globally on 10 April 2019 at the Sustainable Banking Network Global Meeting of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington, D.C, USA. 

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