Sri Lanka says met IMF December targets for loan disbursement

Dec 30, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has met key targets in December under a deal with the International Monetary Fund to qualify for further loan disbursements, central bank deputy governor Dharma Dheerasinghe said. “Sri Lanka has met the IMF targets for December after meeting the September targets,” Dheerasinghe told Vimasuma.com, our sister news website.

It has met quantity targets for net foreign reserves and net domestic finance, a local borrowing ceiling, among other targets set by the IMF for its 2.5 billion dollar stand-by arrangement.

“Sri Lanka therefore should have no difficulty in getting the seventh disbursement of the IMF loan,” Dheerasinghe said.

“We comfortably met the September targets to quality for the loan disbursements. An IMF mission came to Sri Lanka in November for a country assessment. We are to get the sixth tranche under this assessment. The IMF board of directors is to meet on January 26 to decide on approving the tranche,” he said.

“We have also met the December targets to qualify for the seventh tranche of the loan. An IMF assessment mission is expected to come next February.”

Sri Lanka’s ability to meet the IMF targets will give investors more confidence t