Saturday, November 07, 2009

IMF releases $329.4 million loan to Sri Lanka

The International Monetary Fund said on Friday its executive board completed a review of Sri Lanka's economic performance and released $329.4 million from a stand-by loan agreement.

The IMF board also approved Sri Lanka's request for a waiver on certain performance criteria.

"Sri Lanka's performance under the stand-by arrangement is encouraging," said Takatoshi Kato, IMF deputy managing director.

"Recent economic developments have been stronger than expected, and the near-term outlook has improved. While the Fund-supported program had helped Sri Lanka avoid a balance of payments crisis, fundamental vulnerabilities remain to be addressed. Strict adherence to the program targets and steadfast implementation of the reform agenda will be essential," he said.

© Reuters

Related Links:
IMF Loan Helps Sri Lankan Reconstruction Drive - IMF
IMF clears Sri Lanka second tranche loan of 329 mln dlrs - AFP

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