External Sector Performance - May 2021

The deficit in the trade account widened on a year-on-year basis for the third consecutive month in May 2021. Both exports and imports were significantly higher in May 2021 than in May 2020, mainly due to the statistical effect of pandemic related disruptions a year ago. Earnings from exports increased, while imports declined in May 2021 compared to the previous month. During the month, workers’ remittances continued to increase, while earnings from tourism remained at minimal levels. In the financial account, foreign investment in the government securities market and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) recorded marginal net outflows in May 2021. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan rupee remained broadly stable throughout the month, and gross official reserves stood at US dollars 4.0 billion by end May 2021.


Published Date: 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021