IMF has not made budget proposals: Finance Minister

Ravi Karunanayake

Sep 10, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said that no budget proposals have been made by the visiting mission from the International Monetary Fund who met him on September 09 ahead of the budget in November.

“IMF comes on a normal routine but we have very clearly told them that we will decide as to how the government will run,” Karunanayake said, answering a question raised by a reporter.

“We are a professional government and we were only exchanging ideas,” he said.

“So they have come to help us, not we help them.”

Karunanayake said “nothing” has been proposed by the IMF for the upcoming budget this year.

In a separate release, the Finance Ministry said that the mission had discussions on estimates and the planned implementation of the 2016 budget, implementation of 2015 budget and current development in the Island.