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IMF team visits Sri Lanka  Monday20 to  negotiate economic program

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team will be  visiting  Sri Lanka on June 20-30  to continue discussions  on an economic programme till the end of this month.

It has reaffirmed its commitment to support the island nation during the ongoing economic crisis in accordance with the “IMF’s policies”, a spokesperson of IMF in Washington disclosed. .

The IMF will further conduct negotiations with the Central Bank authorities on its lending arrangement building on the progress made during the May 9-24 virtual mission,the spokes person added.

During their visit the team will hold discussions with the President and Prime Minister who is also the finance minister. 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is determined to finalise the staff level agreement during the visit, PMs office said

The IMF team concluded technical discussions on a comprehensive reform package on   May 25 to restore macroeconomic stability and debt sustainability in the country.

The team made good progress in assessing the economic situation and in identifying policy priorities to be taken going forward.

The discussions focused on restoring fiscal sustainability while protecting the vulnerable and poor; ensuring credibility of the monetary policy and exchange rate regimes; preserving financial sector stability; and structural reforms to enhance growth and strengthen governance.

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