Central Bank approves Rs. 28bn loans at 4-pct among 13,861 businesses; Phase-II ready

Jun 24, 2020 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Central Bank says that they have approved 13,861 loan applications under the Phase-I of Saubagya Covid-19 Scheme so far, totaling Rs. 27.9 billion, out of which the licensed banks have already disbursed Rs. 14.8 billion among 7,274 affected businesses island-wide.

These loans carry a concessional interest rate of 4 percent (p.a.) with a grace period of 6-months and a repayment period of 24-months.

Central Bank further stated that they now stand ready to provide further Rs. 120 billion at a concessionary rate of 1 percent (p.a.) to commercial banks for on-lending to the affected businesses at a concessionary rate of 4 percent (p.a.) under the Phase-II of the Scheme.

In March, the Central Bank and the Government launched a novel refinance facility under the Saubagya (Prosperity) Loan Scheme, named Saubagya Covid-19 Renaissance Facility.