The Sri Lankan economy appears to be suffering from a growing debt crisis and is facing a risky external sector outlook in the near term. According to Central Bank’s 2016 Annual Report, the total general government external debt has grown by 10% in 2016 to US$ 27.2 billion. This article by Dushni Weerakoon analyses whether Sri Lanka is making progress in terms of getting its debt overhang under control.
This article takes a look at Sri Lanka’s status and what the country needs to do with regard to its economy, in terms of the IMF Programme.
This article looks at the implications of over-due re-basing exercise on the size of the Sri Lankan economy, its sectoral composition and growth rates.
In this article Dushni Weerakoon points out the need for Sri Lanka to confront difficult and delayed reforms to make the economy more efficient and competitive.
February 2014 marked five consecutive years of single-digit rates of inflation in Sri Lanka – supposedly the longest spell in the country’s post-independence history. Quite rightly, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) can take its share of credit for this success, especially in view of historic high and volatile inflation rates of the past. Indeed, the scale of monetary stability becomes clear when considering the fact that inflation rates hit a peak of 22.6 per cent in only 2008 before settling to single digit levels from February 2009. Despite five years of a moderate inflationary environment and higher average economic growth during that period, private investment trends have been modest. The monetary authorities are struggling to revive credit appetite in spite of signaling the end of a tight monetary policy stance way back in December 2012. Credit growth to the private sector was extremely sluggish at 7.5 per cent in 2013. It has continued in the same vein so far in 2014, recording a growth of only 4.4 per cent year-on-year in February.