Sri Lanka to obtain USD75mn credit in SDR from World Bank

Oct 27, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is to obtain 75 million US dollars as credit of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) from the International Development Association of the World Bank for the Social Safety Nets project.

The project which will be implemented from 2017 – 2022 has been designed to improve the equity, efficiency and transparency of island’s social safety net programs for the benefit of the poor and vulnerable.

Loan negotiations are expected to be finalized in early next month and the Finance Minister will enter in to a financing agreement on behalf of the government.

The loan is repayable in 24 years with a grace period of 5 years and a fixed interest rate of 2.73 percent annually on the withdrawn credit balance will be applicable.

The loan disbursement will be in USD and the amount of USD disbursed will be determined based on the exchange rate that prevails between USD and SDR at the time of disbursement.