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Sri Lanka cuts interest rates to boost growth while waiting for IMF review


COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s central bank lowered interest rates on Friday (Nov 24) in an unexpected move to boost growth, while projecting inflation would remain subdued over the medium term.

Helped by its bailout by the International Monetary Fund, the South Asian island nation is recovering from its worst financial crisis in seven decades and awaiting the finalisation of its first review from the global lender.

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) lowered key rates by 100 basis points (bps), reducing the standing deposit facility rate and the standing lending facility rate to 9 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively, and taking total rate cuts to 650 bps since the current easing cycle began in June.

CBSL had raised rates by a record 10.50 percentage points to bring down sky-high inflation between April 2022 and March this year.

The board arrived at the decision, “with the aim of achieving and maintaining inflation at the targeted level of 5 per cent over the medium term, while enabling the economy to reach and stabilise at the potential level”, it said in a statement.


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