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The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka - US Dollars 2.5 billion International Sovereign Bond Offering

On April 11th 2018, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (“CBSL”), on behalf of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (“Sri Lanka”), marked its return to the US dollar bond markets with a successful issuance of new US dollars 1.25 billion 5-year and US dollars 1.25 billion 10-year Senior Unsecured Fixed Rate Notes (the “Notes”) with maturity dates of April 18th 2023 and April 18th 2028 respectively. The Notes have been rated 'B1', 'B+' and 'B+' by Moody's Investors Service, Standard and Poor‟s and Fitch Ratings respectively.

This marks Sri Lanka‟s twelfth US dollar benchmark offering in the international bond markets since 2007. This also represents the largest offshore bond offering ever by Sri Lanka and is a strong reflection of the international investor community‟s continued support for Sri Lanka through the years. Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, J.P. Morgan and Standard Chartered Bank acted as the Joint Lead Managers and Bookrunners on this successful transaction.

External Sector Performance - January 2018

Sri Lanka’s external sector demonstrated an improvement in January 2018 with higher inflows to the financial account in spite of the widening of the trade deficit. While earnings from merchandise exports increased, expenditure on imports also increased significantly outweighing the performance in export earnings during the month. Nevertheless, reversing the moderating trend observed during the last year, tourist earnings recorded a notable growth during January 2018. Workers’ remittances, which marked a set-back in 2017, also recorded a considerable growth on a year-on-year basis in January 2018. Meanwhile, the financial account of the Balance of Payments (BOP) continued to experience higher inflows in January 2018, with foreign investments in the government securities market and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE). At the end of January 2018, gross official reserves of the country amounted to US dollars 7.7 billion, equivalent to 4.3 months of imports.

Monetary Policy Review - No. 2 of 2018

Considering the favourable developments in inflation and inflation outlook as well as lower than expected real GDP growth that further widened the prevailing gap between actual and potential GDP growth, the Monetary Board, at its meeting held on 03 April 2018, decided to reduce the Standing Lending Facility Rate (SLFR), which is the upper bound of the policy interest rate corridor of the Central Bank, by 25 basis points. This decision is also expected to dampen the volatility observed in interest rates in the domestic market during the recent past.

The Monetary Board’s decision to reduce the SLFR was based on the following macroeconomic developments:

Willful Defacement, Alteration and Mutilation of Sri Lanka Currency Notes

Considering the immense requests made and the difficulties faced by the general public in exchanging willfully defaced currency notes after 31.03.2018, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has decided to continue the service of exchange of willfully mutilated, altered and defaced currency notes from CBSL until further notice.

Accordingly, the general public is hereby informed to submit such currency notes to the CBSL Head Office or Regional Offices located at Anuradhapura, Matale, Matara, Trincomalee, Nuwara Eliya, Kilinochchi or send the same by registered post to the following address together with the duly completed application form. The relevant application form can be obtained from the CBSL website (, Regional Offices and any branch of Licensed Commercial Banks (LCBs).