CBSL continues accommodative monetary policy to support sustained recovery of economy

The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, at its meeting held on 19 May 2021, decided to maintain the Standing Deposit Facility Rate (SDFR) and the Standing Lending Facility Rate (SLFR) of the Central Bank at their current levels of 4.50 percent and 5.50 percent, respectively.

The Board said they arrived at this decision after carefully considering the macroeconomic conditions and expected developments on the domestic and global fronts.

“In the context of the prevailing low inflation environment and well anchored inflation expectations, and the renewed challenges posed by the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board remains committed to maintaining the current accommodative monetary policy stance to support the sustained revival of the economy,” the Central Bank said.

The Central Bank said it will continue to monitor domestic and global macroeconomic and financial market developments and stand ready to take proactive measures to help the economy to sustain the growth trajectory, while maintaining inflation in the targeted 4-6 percent range under the flexible inflation targeting framework.

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