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Sun, 09 Aug 2020
China saw another surprise jump in exports last month as the global economy slowly reopened after virus lockdowns, data showed yesterday, but there were warnings that while the country is expected to get back on track by year’s end overseas shipmen
Sri Lanka’s national milk output tumbled in 2019 amid an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in certain parts of the country and closure of several large-scale farms operating with imported cows, leading to an increase in cost of production and lowe
The Central Bank (CB) has decided to expand its liquidity facility for the construction sector to include the government contractors and suppliers in the pharmaceutical sector, to let them borrow at concessionary rates against the unsettled bills
Sri Lanka’s apparel exports contracted by US$ 785 million or 30 percent year-on-year (YoY) during the first half of 2020 hit by COVID-19 pandemic related economic malaise, Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association’s (SLAEA) data showed.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) forecasts a 21.9 percent drop in worker remittance inflows to Sri Lanka this year, under the worst-case scenario, driving many remittance recipient households into poverty.
Asian markets struggled and the dollar extended losses yesterday as data showing the US suffered its worst quarter on record highlighted the impact of the virus on the global economy.
The tripartite agreement applicable to all industries that was extended till September is likely to be further extended as private sector businesses that were dealt a crippling blow by the pandemic have appealed for further assistance in dealing with
John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH) succumbed to the pandemic-induced business disruptions during the April-June 2020 quarter (1Q21), as the lockdowns, which remained for half of the quarter, erased nearly a third of its revenues, plunging the group deep
The slowdown in worker remittances resulted from the pandemic could weigh on economic growth of countries heavily dependent on the foreign income flow as it could cut into the incomes, consumption and thereby the investments of recipient economies ra
The freight rates out of Colombo, which hit an all-time high during the islandwide lockdown, are observed to be tapering down close to pre-COVID-19 levels, the Sri Lanka Logistics and Freight Forwarders Association (SLLFFA) said.
The decline in the private sector credit in June decelerated from May indicating that the banking sector is ramping up fresh credit to the private sector under both the Central Bank’s refinance credit scheme and from their own funds.
A woman sunbather sitting along a beach in the Gulf emirate of Dubai yesterday, while the Burj al-Arab hotel is seen behind.
Sri Lanka is currently facing a massive shortage in turmeric in the country leading traders to sell the processed spice via informal channels at prices that are over five fold higher than the government imposed maximum retail
Sri Lanka’s tea output in the first half of 2020 hit a 24-year low amid severe drought, particularly in the first quarter, impacting the Low-Country tea production, which accounts for about 60 percent of the national tea output.
Fitch Ratings has estimated that the Sri Lankan corporates rated by it could lose up to 7 percent or Rs.30 billion in revenues during the financial year ending in March 2021 from a year earlier, with the COVID-19 pandemic taking a toll on industries
Fitch Ratings Lanka yesterday reminded that the operating conditions for the banking sector have weakened, exerting further pressure on banks’ ratings, after the rating agency downgraded the country rating in April, citing heightened public and ext
Sri Lanka’s merchandise exports recovered strongly in June, staging what looks like a V-shaped recovery in most of the sectors, as the country’s exporter community responded to the call to ramp up their contribution to support the economy and emp
The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hashem Ashjazadeh called on the Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) Upul Dharmadasa at the Civil Aviation Authority recently.
China’s economy returned to growth in the second quarter after a deep slump at the start of the year, but unexpected weakness in domestic consumption underscored the need for more policy support to bolster the recovery after the shock of the corona
The extremely dovish monetary policy and liquidity injections into the system may be required to resuscitate the pandemic-hit economy, but that should not undermine the strength and stability of the financial institutions as excessive credit could in
Sri Lanka broadened the funding sources that can be collected into the Special Deposit Account (SDA) and made possible cash-backed loans against such deposits, in a further attempt to lure foreign currency deposits, as the Monetary Board and governme
Based on a request by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL), the Government of Japan has agreed to provide a Japanese yen 200 million (approx. Rs.340 million) grant, under the Japanese non-project grant aid scheme, for provision of the necessary equipme
It is inaccurate to say that import controls have hamstrung the local manufacturers and will impinge economic growth, as those who are engaged in domestic value addition industries can continue to import the required inputs, while essential industrie
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) had approved 22,306 loans amounting to Rs. 60, 250 million under the Saubagya COVID-19 renaissance facility as of yesterday with approval given for 2,066 new loans, amounting to Rs. 6,978 million during the week e
The Central Bank (CB) anticipates a strong economic rebound in the second half of this year from the expected contraction in the second quarter due to COVID-19 related lockdown, although the growth projection of 1.5 percent could be subject to revisi
In view of the recent developments in the finance leasing business, Central Bank Governor Prof. W.D. Lakshman appointed a three-member committee to examine and report on the irregularities and illegal activities of the finance and finance leasing bus
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) yesterday entered into agreements to begin the process of developing blockchain technology-based shared know-your-customer (KYC) proofs of concept (PoCs).
Dart Global Logistics (DGL) has signed an agreement with the Board of Investment (BOI) to set up a US $ 3 million state-of-the-art logistics fulfilment centre, at the Muthurajawela Industrial Zone, located in
Loans under the Central Bank liquidity support scheme to assist pandemic-affected businesses gathered steam as of late as the banking sector regulator granted approval for 6,314 new applications for Rs.25.3 billion worth loans at 4 percent during the
In order to develop villages, the banking service in the country should understand the rural economy and the needs of the people, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasized.
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