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* IMF team to visit Sri Lanka on 15th for discussions on postponed loan disbursement
Sat, Feb 9, 2019, 11:54 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 09, Colombo: Representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will arrive in next week to discuss the granting of the 5th tranche of the US$ 1.5 billion fund facility that was postponed due to the political crisis on October 26.

Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media Dr R. H. S. Samaratunga has said that the IMF team will arrive on February 15th.

The International Monetary Fund had approved the three-year extended arrangement on June 3, 2016, in the amount of about US$ 1.5 billion in six installments.

According to Dr. Samaratunga, four installments of this loan have been disbursed in the amount of US$ 759.9 million.

The IMF put on hold the program discussions on the 5th review of the Extended Fund Facility when President Maithripala Sirisena precipitated an unprecedented political crisis on October 26 ousting the incumbent Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

After completion of the fifth review Sri Lanka is expected to receive a fifth tranche of about $250 million. The total loan was expected to have been disbursed with a sixth tranche by mid-2019.

 

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