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Monetary Policy Review - April 2016

Headline inflation, as measured by the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI, 2006/2007=100), declined to 2.0 per cent on a year-on-year basis in March 2016 from 2.7 per cent in February 2016, mainly due to the decline in food inflation. On an annual average basis, CCPI based headline inflation edged up to 1.1 per cent in March 2016 from 0.9 per cent in the previous month. Year-on-year headline inflation, based on the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI, 2013=100), was 2.2 per cent in March 2016 compared to 1.7 per cent in the previous month, and was 2.4 per cent on an annual average basis. Meanwhile, the CCPI based core inflation, which reflects underlying demand pressures in the economy, declined to 4.5 per cent in March 2016 from 5.7 per cent in the previous month, on a year-on-year basis.

The Annual Report of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka for the Year 2015

The sixty sixth Annual Report of the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka was presented to His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister, Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, while in terms of Section 35 of the Monetary Law Act No. 58 of 1949, it was also submitted to Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, the Minister of Finance by Mr. Arjuna Mahendran, the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

Inflation in March 2016

Inflation, as measured by the change in the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) (2013=100), compiled by the Department of Census and Statistics, increased to 2.2 per cent in March 2016 from 1.7 per cent in February 2016, on year-on-year basis. The main contributor towards the increase in year-on-year inflation was the Non-food category. Prices in Miscellaneous Goods and Services (Car insurance); Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco; Transport; and Clothing and Footwear sub categories were the main contributors towards the year-on-year increase.

The change in the NCPI measured on an annual average basis decreased to 2.4 per cent in March 2016 from 2.6 per cent recorded in February 2016.

Repatriation of Payments Received for Goods Exported from Sri Lanka

As part of current policy measures taken to improve the foreign exchange inflows to the country, the Hon. Minister of Finance has issued the Gazette Notification (Extraordinary) No: 1960/66 dated 01 April 2016 containing the following.

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