Sri Lanka secures USD1Bn Foreign Currency Term Financing Facility

Oct 17, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has secured 1,000 million US dollars from the China Development Bank (CDB) under the Foreign Currency Term Financing Facility (FCTFF) with a maturity period of eight years.

The Central Bank said in a statement that interest cost is highly competitive and linked to 6 Month USD LIBOR with a grace period of three years and the repayment will be in equal semi-annual payments after the grace period.

The resulting inflow increases the official foreign reserves by 1,000 million dollars.

The government invited to submit proposals from international and domestic banks and investment houses for a Foreign Currency Term Financing Facility denominated in United State Dollar or Japanese Yen or Euro or of their combination up to a limit of USD 1,000 million in March 2018.

The Central Bank said four proposals were received from international and domestic banks and investment houses.

The Central Bank added that through a strict evaluation and negotiation process by a Cabinet appointed Steering Committee and Technical Evaluation Committee, the China Development Bank was selected as the syndicate arranger based on least cost and longer maturity period given in its proposal submitted.