Sri Lanka GDP up 7.8 percent in the second quarter: Central Bank

Sep 23, 2014 (LBO) Sri Lanka economy recorded 7.8 percent of gross domestic product growth in the second quarter 2014 compared to the 7.6 percent reported in the first quarter of this year which led by performance in the industry sector, while the agriculture and the services sectors accompanied, the Central Bank said in its September monetary policy review. In that background, the Monetary Board was of the view that an appropriate monetary policy action needs to be implemented to address these concerns, particularly in view of continued low levels of inflation and benign inflation expectations.

Accordingly, the Monetary Board, at its meeting held on 22nd September 2014, decided to limit the access of OMO participants to the Standing Deposit Facility (SDF) of the Central Bank at the currently applicable SDF Rate of 6.50 per cent to a maximum of three times per calendar month, and any deposits at the SDF window exceeding three times by an OMO participant to be accepted at a reduced interest rate of 5.00 per cent per annum.

This measure will be effective from 23rd September 2014 until further notice.

For the remainder of the month of September 2014, access to OMO at the SDFR will be limited to twice per participant.

In addition, the daily auction facility will be suspended with effect from 23rd September 2014 until further notice. The St