Sri Lanka values state fixed assets

Oct 15, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is valuing fixed state assets as part of efforts to move into accrual accounting and about 75 percent of land and buildings have been valued so far, an official said. State agencies do not have proper documentation such as survey plans, which makes valuation difficult, he said.

The Valuations Department is to assess the movable assets in the second stage.

Nimal Rajakaruna, chief valuer of Sri Lanka’s department of valuations said the agency planned to complete the assessments by December this year.

“The valuations are being made under fair value basis.” Rajakaruna said.

Sri Lanka’s government is moving into accrual accounting instead of cash accounts.

In a pilot project by this year the government will prepare accounts under accrual basis as well.

Land and buildings of ministries, departments and district secretaries should be assessed by the valuations department and should be included in the accounts as fixed assets.

“Until now we have used the cash basis, so the fair value or the exit value of government assets was not reflected in the accounts,” he said.

The department has so far completed assessing 23 ministries out of 5