Sri Lanka maintains policy rates

Sri Lanka maintains policy rates; tight conditions expected to adjust inflation expectations

by Zulfick Farzan 25-1-2023 | 9:09 AM

COLOMBO (News 1st) - The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has decided to maintains Policy Interest Rates at their current levels.

The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, at its meeting held on 24th January 2023, decided to maintain the Standing Deposit Facility Rate (SDFR) and the Standing Lending Facility Rate (SLFR) of the Central Bank at their current levels of 14.50 per cent and 15.50 per cent, respectively. 

The Board, having noted the recent and expected developments and projections on the domestic and global macroeconomic fronts, was of the view that the maintenance of the prevailing tight monetary policy stance is imperative to ensure that monetary conditions remain sufficiently tight to rein in inflationary pressures.

Such tight monetary conditions, together with the tight fiscal policy, are expected to adjust inflation expectations downward, enabling the Central Bank to bring inflation rates towards the desired levels by end 2023, thereby restoring economic and price stability over the medium term.

Read Full Statement Here.