Borrowing Cheap

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

The Central Bank says it will issue Rs. 2 bn worth of two-year treasury bonds to the debt market, as part of its borrowing programme for March.rnrn
Of the Rs. 27.114 bn worth of treasury bills maturing, the bank has opted to re-issue only Rs. 20.364 bn worth of paper. The balance Rs. 6.750 bn will be bought by the Central Bank.rn

rnThe bank also hopes to retire Rs. 2 bn worth of treasury bills on March 31, 2004.rn

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