Sri Lanka posts 4.8% post tsunami growth

Sri Lanka’s economy in the first quarter of 2005 grew 4.8 percent in the immediate aftermath of the December tsunami that destroyed most of the island’s costal infrastructure. Sri Lanka’s economy in the first quarter of 2005 grew 4.8 percent in the immediate aftermath of the December tsunami that destroyed most of the island’s costal infrastructure. The GDP growth for the first three months of 2005 at 4.8 percent is marginally lower from the 5.3 percent estimated for the full year after taking the effects of the tsunami.

Central Bank’s Director Statistics Anila Dias Bandaranaike said macro economic stability as well as political stability would be critical for higher growth this year.

GDP growth was largely stunted by a 40 percent drop in the tourism industry while the fisheries sectors contribution was cut by 77 percent.

The islands tourism and fisheries sectors took the biggest hit from the tsunami.

Post tsunami reconstruction work was expected to shore up losses from the sectors, minimizing the impact on overall economic growth.

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