Sri Lanka rupee reasonably stable: CB governor

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (L) and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe gesture as Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake (unseen) presents a supplementary budget to parliament, marking the first economic policy statement of the new government which came to power earlier in the month in Colombo on January 29, 2015. Sri Lanka's new government announced hefty taxes on top companies in a bid to raise revenue, accusing the previous regime of fudging the figures and leaving the economy in a "sad state". AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Feb 27, 2008 (LBO) – The Sri Lanka rupee has been “reasonably stable”, Central Bank Governor Nivard Cabraal said, as the currency held rock-steady against the US dollar amid tight monetary policy. “The rupee has been made reasonably stable,” governor Cabraal told a gathering of bankers at a micro finance seminar in Colombo Wednesday.

“It has not appreciated as much as India, but nevertheless we do not know whether it is such a good thing to have so much increase immediately.”

The Central Bank has been targeting the exchange rate since around 107.80 in 2008 and preventing the currency from moving up.

The rupee appreciated sharply late last year after the government raised 500 million dollars in foreign markets, allowing the Central Bank to tighten monetary policy.

“We have been able to improve our reserves,” he said. “We have been able to ensure that our exports increased at a much higher rate than our imports.”

Sri Lanka’s exports grew 12.5 percent to 7.7 billion dollars while imports grew 10.2 percent to 11.3 billion dollars.

Governor Cabraal said he was satisfied with the current level of the rupee.

“Some people want the exchange rate to go up, others want