Sri Lanka looks for foreign investors to stabilise rupee

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka is looking for investors that can bring in more than 2 billion US dollars into the central bank, Finance Minister Ali Sabry said on Friday in an address to the press from Washington via video link. Sabry said that the next few months will be difficult for Sri Lankans. “There is a need to attract investments in US dollars into Sri Lanka’s central bank.” The minister said that the government is talking with several countries to get funds as soon as possible.

 

“If that effort is successful and money comes to the central bank, it will help stop the depreciation and stabilize the rupee,” he said. The Sri Lankan government decided last week to suspend repayment for all debts for an interim period till it has an orderly and consensual debt restructuring program supported by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

 

 

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