• Release of 'Sri Lanka Socio-Economic Data - 2018' Publication

    'Sri Lanka Socio-Economic Data – 2018', the annually published data folder of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, is now available for public information. The current data folder is the 41st volume of the series.

    This easy- to- carry data folder contains information categorized under 14 topics, namely, Country Profile; Key Economic Indicators; Country Comparisons; Socio Economic Conditions; Human Resources; National Accounts; Agriculture; Industry; Economic and Social Infrastructure; Prices and Wages; External Trade and Tourism; External Finance; Government Finance; and Money Banking and Finance.

  • Inflation in August 2018

    Headline Inflation, as measured by the change in the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI, 2013=100), which is compiled by the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS), decreased to 2.5 per cent in August 2018 from 3.4 per cent in July 2018, on year-on-year basis, mainly driven by monthly decline in Food prices in August 2018. The change in the NCPI measured on an annual average basis decreased from 5.1 per cent in July 2018 to 4.7 per cent in August 2018.

  • Date of Announcement of the Monetary Policy Review - No. 6 of 2018

    The Monetary Policy Review – No. 6 of 2018, which was previously scheduled to be issued on Friday, 28 September 2018 as announced in the Road Map - Monetary and Financial Sector Policies for 2018 and Beyond, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, 02 October 2018 at 7.30 a.m.

  • Margin Deposit Requirement against Letters of Credit (LCs) opened with Commercial Banks for the Importation of Vehicles

    The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka imposed a 100 per cent margin deposit requirement against Letters of Credit opened with the commercial banks for the import of motor vehicles,which are generally used for non-commercial purposes,with immediateeffect.Accordingly, Letters of Credit for the importation of these vehicle categories could be done only with a minimum cash margin of 100 per cent.

    The decision to impose the margin deposit requirement is based on recent developments which, if not addressed, could threaten macroeconomic stability. These include the following:

  • The Central Bank of Sri Lanka meets the People of Rajarata and Wayamba

    An Open Day programme aimed at providing easy access to Central Bank services for school children and people of the Rajarata and Wayamba regions, and creating awareness about Central Bank activities is to be held on 21st and 22nd September 2018 at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Anuradhapura Regional Office premises and the Public Grounds (Salgado) Anuradhapura.

    The programme will be held from 9.00am to 7.00pm and the public will get the opportunity of resolving EPF related issues and obtaining information about small and medium enterprise credit schemes and related services. A currency exchange facility to exchange damaged notes and obtain coins will also take place.

  • Clarification on the Erroneous Report regarding Sri Lanka issued by Nomura Holdings Inc.

    Several international media sites have recently quoted an analysis by Nomura Holdings Inc., which shows that seven emerging economies including Sri Lanka are at risk of an exchange rate crisis.

    The said media sites further quoted the report as saying Sri Lanka’s short term external debt is as high as US dollars 160 billion. As Sri Lanka’s short term external debt is nowhere near this figure, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka requested Nomura to correct the errors in their computations.1

    In response, according to Bloomberg, Nomura has “corrected their ‘Damocles’ report to fix Sri Lanka’s short term debt figure to be US dollars 7.5 billion” in an emailed statement to media. Nomura has, however, kept the ‘Damocles score’ for Sri Lanka unchanged.

  • Sri Lanka Purchasing Managers’ Index - August 2018

    The Manufacturing Sector PMI Increased to 58.2 index points in August 2018 from 57.2 index points observed in the previous month. The expansion observed in manufacturing activities in August was mainly driven by expansion in production led by the increase in new orders, especially in manufacturing of textiles, wearing apparel, leather and other related products. Further, employment also increased at a higher rate with the recruitment of employees especially for food and beverages sector led by the positive outlook for improving activities within this sector. However, stock of purchases show some slowdown, especially in manufacturing of other non-metallic mineral products. Nevertheless, stock of purchases in the manufacturing of textiles, wearing apparel, leather and other related products increased.

  • Statement of the Monetary Board on Treasury Bond Auctions

    This refers to the recent articles and discussions relating to the Treasury bond auctions that took place during the latter part of March 2016, where allegations of lack of transparency were made with regard to the process that was followed. Attention of the public is drawn to the fact that the process followed was similar to what has been in practice since February 2015 when a complete market based mechanism was introduced in auctioning of Treasury bills and bonds.

    The Monetary Board noted the large resource needs of the Government. Further, in the context of Monetary Policy actions, mainly the upward adjustment of the Statutory Reserve Requirement (SRR) at the beginning of the year and the subsequent upward adjustment of the policy interest rates, had resulted in an increase in yield for Treasury bills and Treasury bonds.

  • IMF Approves USD 1.5 Billion Extended Fund Facility for Sri Lanka

    On 03 June 2016, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a three year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) of SDR 1.1 billion (approximately USD 1.5 billion) for Sri Lanka to support the balance of payments (BOP) position and in support of the government’s economic reform agenda. This amount is equivalent to 185 per cent of the country’s current quota with the IMF. The first tranche under the EFF amounting to SDR 119.9 million (approximately USD 168.1 million) will be made available to Sri Lanka immediately. The remaining amount will be disbursed in six tranches over a period of three years, with the final tranche is expected to be disbursed in April 2019. The interest rate applicable on the EFF, the basic rate of charge is equivalent to the SDR interest rate, which currently stands at 0.05 per cent per annum, plus 100 basis points.

  • Release of 'Economic and Social Statistics of Sri Lanka - 2018' Publication

    The 'Economic and Social Statistics of Sri Lanka - 2018' an annual publication of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, is now available for public access.

    This publication contains economic and social indicators of Sri Lanka in the areas of national accounts, agriculture, industry, external trade and finance, government finance, banking and financial institutions, money and capital markets, prices and wages, population and labour force, transportation, education, health, telecommunication services, climate and selected information on economic and social indicators of other countries.