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IMF urges Sri Lanka to tighten monetary policy, raise tax to address debt woes

Sri Lanka should tighten monetary coverage, raise taxes and undertake versatile trade charges to address its debt disaster, a senior International Monetary Fund (IMF) official stated on Tuesday (Apr 26).

The nation of twenty-two million folks has requested loans from the IMF because it struggles to pay for imports amid crushing debt and a pointy drop in overseas trade reserves which have fueled hovering inflation.

“We’ve had very good, fruitful, technical discussions on preparations for the negotiations with authorities over the past weekend and couple of days before,” stated Anne-Marie Gulde-Wolf, appearing director of the IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department, talking at a web-based information convention.

Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ali Sabry was in Washington final week to discuss to the IMF, the World Bank, India and others about financing assist for his nation, which has suspended funds on parts of its US$51 billion in exterior debt.

“The requirement for fund lending will be progress toward debt sustainability,” Gulde-Wolf stated, calling on Sri Lanka for measures to improve tax revenues to address essential spending wants.

“Monetary policy has to be tightened to keep inflation in check,” she stated. “We see a need for flexible exchange rates.”

Gulde-Wolf didn’t reply to a query on the whole worth for any IMF bundle, nor the estimated timing of a conclusion to the negotiations with Sri Lanka.

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