On Loan

The External Resources Dept., is negotiating with Japanese funding agencies for a fresh US$ 85 mn credit line for the small and medium scale industry.
If approved the Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC) will replace the US$ 65 ADB credit line now fully utilized by the Sahanya low interest-lending scheme. rn

rnThe ADB facility was available to the government at 1.5 per cent interest, while the small and medium scale sector borrowers obtain credit at around 9 per cent. rn

rnExternal Resources Department officials are hoping for similar terms with JBIC. Officials also expect the agreement to be sealed by August this year. rn

-Jayantha Kovilagodage: jayantha@vanguardlk.com