Thursday, 03 December 2015 - 11:34
Sri Lanka may seek IMF aid - PM Ranil


Cautioning the people of Sri Lanka of an “unpredictable world scenario, politically and economically” in the near future, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday said his government might have to approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a “standby agreement”.

The IMF stand-by arrangement is an economic program of Fund involving financial aid to a member state in need of financial assistance.

The Prime Minister said the ongoing war against the Islamic State in Syria and the inclusion of the Chinese currency in the IMF’s reserve currency basket “are going to impact us and the rest of the world economically”.

The projection for the world’s economic growth rate had been lowered from 3.3 per cent to 3.1 per cent.

While established markets in the world would see improvement in their position, emerging markets would witness “slower growth with increased risks” and reduced flow of funds.

To overcome various challenges, the Prime Minister said the country would have to ensure that it grew at a rate of 6.5 per cent initially and eight or nine per cent subsequently.

“This is a difficult task but not impossible,” he observed.

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