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SL companies to raise foreign capital via CSE main market segment

Sri Lankan companies incorporated or listed in the country are now able to raise foreign capital by listing and issuing foreign currency denominated shares in the Colombo Stock Exchange, CSE officials disclosed.

  This new financing option for local companies is a result of the new strategic plan the CSE launched in 2020, they said.  

 The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has enabled local entities incorporated or established in Sri Lanka to issue and list foreign currency denominated shares in the main market segment (Diri Savi and Main Boards).

Having obtained necessary clearances from the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) the Listing Rules and the Trading Rules of the CSE and the CDS Rules of the Central Depository Systems Ltd. have been suitably amended.

This action has been taken to facilitate the listing, trading and clearing and settlement of foreign currency denominated shares to be issued by local entities. The aforementioned regulatory framework has been effective since February 14. 

CSE Chairman Dumith Fernando said: “The enabling of the raising of foreign capital would fulfil a gap for capital raising in the Sri Lankan Capital Market. 

This was formulated taking into consideration the interests expressed by several local entities in raising foreign currency denominated capital via the CSE. 

“He expressed the hope that “Sri Lankan companies aspiring to grow internationally can now make use of this unique opportunity via the CSE to meet their foreign currency growth capital needs.”

CSE Chief Regulatory Officer Renuke Wijayawardhane said: “The CSE submitted a comprehensive business proposal, including the proposed regulatory policy framework governing the listing and trading of foreign currency denominated shares issued by local entities on the CSE, to the Central Bank CBSL) and the Ministry of Finance.

This decision was conveyed via the SEC and the CSE continuously engaged with the Department of Foreign Exchange of CBSL in formulating the regulatory framework for this mechanism, resulting in a comprehensive set of regulations and directions being issued by the Ministry of Finance.

It facilitates and enables the listing and trading of foreign currency denominated shares and debt securities on the CSE by local entities. 

With this initiative, it also hopes to create a new stream of foreign currency-based revenue for the market participants.”

An updated regulatory framework can be accessed through the CSE website ( for reference. 

Local entities interested in raising funds through this mechanism should contact Senior Vice President –Origination and Issuer Relations Purasisi Jinadasa at [email protected] or 11 235 6402 if further information or clarifications are required.

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