External Sector Performance - February 2024

Both import expenditure and export earnings increased in February 2024, compared to a year ago. However, as the increase in imports surpassed that of exports, the trade deficit widened. Also, import expenditure in February declined notably compared to previous month, led by lower fuel imports. 

Services sector recorded notable net inflows in terms of earnings from tourism, sea transport, air transport, and computer and IT/BPO related services. 

Workers’ remittances continued to record improvements on year-on-year basis in February 2024 as well.

In February 2024, foreign investment to the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) recorded the highest monthly net inflow since February 2022, while there was a net outflow from the government securities market.

Gross Official Reserves stood at US dollars 4.5 billion by end February 2024 and the Sri Lanka rupee appreciated by 7.6 per cent against the US dollar during the year up to 28 March 2024.

The Staff Level Agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was reached on the second review of Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement in March 2024.


Published Date: 

Thursday, March 28, 2024