External Sector Performance - December 2019

Earnings from exports declined while expenditure on imports increased during December 2019, widening the trade deficit. During the year 2019, the trade deficit contracted significantly, driven by a sharp contraction in import expenditure. The speed of recovery in tourism industry accelerated in December 2019 although cumulative earnings from tourism declined during the year. Workers’ remittances increased notably (year-on-year) in December 2019 helping to moderate the cumulative decline in 2019. Meanwhile, there was a notable outflow of foreign investment from the government securities market during December 2019 while marginal net outflows were also observed from the CSE. The Sri Lankan rupee appreciated against the US dollar during 2019 and remained stable thus far during 2020.


Published Date: 

Monday, February 17, 2020