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SL Purchasing Managers’ Index Survey - September 2016

The Manufacturing Sector PMI was 57.7 in September which is an increase of 4.2 index points from 53.5 in August 2016. The increase in September was fuelled by the improvements observed in New Orders and Production sub-indices. The New Orders and Production sub-indices of manufacturing sector PMI increased compared to the previous month while the Stock of Purchases index remained unchanged. However, the Employment and Suppliers’ Delivery time sub-indices decreased compared to the previous month. Overall data points to an expansion where all the sub-indices apart from Suppliers’ Delivery Time index which is neutral, are above the 50.0 threshold. The expectations for activities indicate an improvement for the next three months.

Statement issued by the Monetary Board

The Monetary Board, at its special meeting held on Friday, 14th October 2016, considered an interim report on the operations of primary dealers, including their financial performance during the year ended 31st March, 2016 as well as the five month period ended 31st August 2016. It noted with concern the sharp disparity in the performance of primary dealers, as well as certain issues related to the pattern of trading activities. In this connection, the Monetary Board instructed expeditious completion of the ongoing process of preparation of the relevant On-Site Examination Reports. This would enable the Monetary Board to make an early determination on the future course of action.

Statement of the Monetary Board on the Recent Media Reports

There has been widespread coverage in the press and electronic media regarding a report related to the examination of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd conducted by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka as the regulator of Primary Dealers operating in the Government securities market.

The release of this report into the public domain has not been authorized. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s internal processes within the Department of Supervision of Non-Bank Financial Institutions have not been completed and the final report has not as yet been submitted to the Monetary Board for its consideration. Arising from this unauthorized disclosure, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka is strengthening its internal control mechanisms and a complaint has also been made to law enforcement authorities to inquire into the unauthorized release of this report.

Financial Intelligence Unit of Sri Lanka Entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Department of Immigration and Emigration

In terms of the provisions of the Financial Transactions Reporting Act, No. 6 of 2006 (FTRA), the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Sri Lanka entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Immigration and Emigration on September 27, 2016 at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to receive information in order to facilitate investigations and prosecutions on money laundering and terrorist financing. Mr. M. N. Ranasinghe, Controller General, Department of Immigration and Emigration and Mr. H. Amarathunga, Director, FIU signed the MOU on behalf of the respective institutions in the presence of Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, who is also the Chairman of the Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) National Coordinating Committee.

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