Sri Lanka’s markets needs to be patient till call for election and new govt. settles in: CSE Chief

Mar 23, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s industries and markets should wait till the new rulers call for a general election and give time for the new government settle in, the Colombo Stock Exchange Chief said at the capital market conference 2015, held in Colombo recently.

However he said, consistency in policy should be maintained to manage the uncertainty of the market.
“Any government should strive to ensure consistency of all important policy measures are maintained,” Rajeeva Bandaranaike, Chief Executive of Colombo Stock Exchange said.

“When we have policy changes it becomes very tough for particularly market participants to keep on facing their investors,”

Sri Lanka held its Presidential election in January this year which brought a regime change. The new government, who are following a 100 day strategy has now formed a national government with the opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

“I think we have ushered in a new political culture,” Bandaranaike said.

“I think as markets, we need to be tolerant and give it sometime. So that the government can settled in. Hopefully we will see some consolidation, some stability coming in after an election is held,”

“Markets hate uncertainty.”