IMF Oomph

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 International Monetary Fund (IMF) has told the government to build on the progress made so far to reactivate a low interest long-term loan while a policy shift will mean the loan will have to be renegotiated.
The funds country representative Jeremy Carter told LBR that the IMF board is willing to consider the economic policies of the elected government in April to reactivate the Poverty Reduction Growth Facility (PRGF) loan.rn

rnCarter said if the UNP returns to power and continues with its economic policies, the fund is likely to reactivate the PRGF when it is next reviewed in May.rn

rnA shift in policies will require the agreement to be renegotiated and new policies and action plans agreed upon.rn

rnThe Article 4 consultation however is an annual meeting between the fund and its members to review and discuss progress and is not aimed at addressing issues about loan agreements like the PRGF facility.rn

rnAt the meeting members of the IMF board had stressed the need for an early resolution