Sri Lanka’s foreign reserves at US$8.9bn in April 2014

Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva arrives and starts her first day of work at the IMF

June 22, 2014 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s foreign reserves rose to 8.9 billion US dollars in June 2014 from 8.05 billion in March, boosted by foreign borrowings and weak credit that reduced outflows, official data showed. The Central Bank said foreign reserves were now equal to 5.9 months of imports.

The central bank has been buying dollars heavily in the forex market as weak credit curtailed imports and the trade gap narrowed, amid a pick-up in exports.

In April, the government the government also sold a 500 million US dollars sovereign bond, the proceeds of which will generate imports in the future.
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The Central Bank said there was a ‘balance of payments surplus’ of 1.544 billion US dollars in the first four months of the year, up from 352 million US dollars a year earlier.

The Central Bank had bought 550 million US dollars from forex markets to prevent the rupee from appreciating and to build up reserves.

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