IMF to complete its 4th review on June 1 as SL introduced fuel price formula

May 18, 2018 (LBO) – IMF Communications Department on Thursday announced that their board is scheduled to discuss Sri Lanka’s completion of its fourth review on June 1.

At an IMF press briefing held in Washington, Gerry Rice of the communications department told reporters that the fuel pricing mechanism would benefit Sri Lanka and the economy.

“We think that automatic fuel pricing mechanism marks a major step toward completing the energy pricing reforms that are underway in Sri Lanka, and minimizes the fiscal risks,” Rice said.

“If implemented properly, the formula based pricing would eliminate fuel subsidies that benefit the rich rather than the poor,”

IMF’s Executive Board last month said they are expected to consider Sri Lanka’s request for completion of the fourth review in June, subject to cabinet approval for an automatic fuel pricing mechanism.

Accordingly, Sri Lanka increased the prices of petrol, diesel and kerosene following a cabinet decision taken on 9th May 2018 as the first step to introduce a pricing formula.

“So, we think it would benefit Sri Lanka and the economy. And I can tell you our Board is scheduled to discuss Sri Lanka’s completion of its fourth review on June 1.”

IMF wants fuel pricing formula before June to complete 4th review