IMF approves Sri Lanka’s much-awaited bailout package
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Sri Lanka's request for a $2.9 billion bailout has been approved by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on March 20.
An overview of the news
The package of special drawing rights of about $3 billion will be available over 4 years.
The Executive Board's decision will enable immediate disbursement of $333 million.
With the approval of the much awaited bailout, Sri Lanka will restore macroeconomic stability and debt sustainability while carrying forward structural reforms.
Stabilizing Sri Lanka's economy and achieving sustainable debt levels has been a priority since Ranil Wickremesinghe took office last July.
The IMF facility will enable Sri Lanka to access finance from the markets and other lending institutions such as the ADB and the World Bank.
Sri Lanka was hit by an unprecedented financial crisis in 2022 due to a severe shortage of foreign exchange reserves, the worst since its independence from Britain in 1948.
Aim of bailout package
To boost government revenue,
Encourage fiscal consolidation,
Introduce new pricing for fuel and electricity,
Hike social spending,
Bolster central bank autonomy,
Rebuild depleted foreign reserves
To reach a primary surplus of 2.3% of GDP by 2024.
About International Monetary Fund (IMF)
It is an international organization that promotes global economic growth and financial stability, encourages international trade, and reduces poverty.
It was established in 1944 in the aftermath of the Great Depression of the 1930s.
It is an organization of 190 member countries.
It is governed by and accountable to 190 countries.
India became its member in December 1945.
The IMF's resources come mainly from money that countries pay in as their capital subscriptions (quotas) when they become members.
The International Monetary Fund’s executive board comprises 24 members.
Managing Director - Kristalina Georgieva (Bulgaria)
Headquarter (HQ) - Washington, D.C., US
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