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Sri Lanka becomes first in Asia to tighten policy in pandemic-era

(Reuters) – The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) became the first in Asia on Thursday to raise interest rates since the pandemic began, as it acted to stem inflationary…

Sri Lanka extends forex restrictions on capital flight by six months

The government has extended suspensions/restrictions on capital forex outflows (outward remittances) by six months with effect from the 2nd of July this year to preserve the country’s shrinking FX reserves.…

A surging crisis in Sri Lanka: A new wave of COVID-19 is causing chaos

By Jeevethan Selvachandran Over the last few months, the world has watched India struggle through an unimaginable COVID-19 situation – over the first half of 2021, the pandemic’s second wave wreaked havoc…

China approves $1.5 billion currency swap with Sri Lanka

(Reuters) – China has approved a 10 billion yuan ($1.54 billion) currency swap with Sri Lanka, a government spokesman in Colombo said on Wednesday. The deal will allow the island…

Sri Lanka seeks $2.2 bn from China as reserves shrink

Sri Lanka is seeking $2.2 billion from Chinese banks, the government said Thursday, in echoes of a borrowing binge more than a decade ago that resulted in the country having…